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silix
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OOo supports more documents than MSO and (due to ODF being truly open)

what if my company has already adopted MSO and has a mass of documents in .doc form? what if all my friends and colleagues have Office and any document they send me (or that i send to them) is in .doc? what if .doc is the ONLY format i care about and absolutely totally dont' give a shit whether "more documents" are supported?
actually offers the closest to a guarantee for future compatibility out of the two.

actually, online reviews from some time ago indicated that, out of several competing office suites (yes, you may be surprised to know than there's more beyond open/libre office.. ) it was the one with the more importing and exporting quirks (to little surprise given that, despite availability of doc/xls/ppt specifications at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc313118.aspx, OOo's import filter was developed by reverse engineering), way worse than what the closed but cheap SoftMaker achieved...
The moment you use a proprietary editor that saves in a proprietary format, you are dependant on that company keeping legacy compatibility

of course, but what makes you think MS wouldn't or shouldn't keep it (since they have ALL the interest in doing so and much to lose should they fail) ?
So ironically all the points (bar the MS branding point) you made in favour of MS Office are more true in favour of OOo/LO.
i dont' see how that can be (see above), my points were in favor of company workflow and assets (documents) not of MSO per se
had OOo been as entrenched as MSO currently is, it would be MS the one with a hard time
And before people chip in about XMLOO being open, not the entire spec is. There are extensions that MS Office applications use that are still closed. So users / companies could still run into problems years down the line when MS depreciates XMLOO without opening their proprietary extensions.
premise: i abolutely totally hate both OOXML *and* ODF because they're XML based formats, thus verbose and technically inefficient (and no, i dont' believe the rationale for it according to which human readability, thus the possibility for the user to manually edit the generated xml and edit tags to fix parsing errors, is a must)
anyway, yes, OOXML' spec is tied to MSO and not fully open, but this doesnt't contradict the point - if i have started using office 2007 for any reason (say, the ribbon) i better stay with office and use doc/docx as my archive format forever, than seriously consider migrating
to each his own poison, they say...

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