Linked by lemur2 on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 22:30 UTC
Features, Office The Calligra Office Suite has announced its second snapshot release. The project, which is a fork of KOffice, is building a suite of productivity and creativity applications and is working towards its first formal end-user release due in October. The project is seeking feedback from end users particularly in the area of usability of the GUI. With this snapshot Calligra Office Words is claiming better compatibility with .docx than LibreOffice, and also claims to be approaching the best compatibility with legacy .doc formats.
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RE: holding things back
by Dave_K on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 13:23 UTC in reply to "holding things back"
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The final step is to make sure I can open my resume and it looks the same as it does in Word. Technically this isn't totally their fault; but Microsoft makes it very easy for people to keep relying on Office. When they can't open documents they've created earlier and print out an exact replica they go right back to Office.

That's certainly why I keep on using MS Office. More significantly it's why just about every single organisation and charity I encounter in the real world uses MS Office, even when a free alternative would be perfectly usable and save them some money.

I can get used to a different interface (even if it's a bit of a mess) and I don't really need any extra features offered by commercial software. But I do need to be able to open MS Office documents received from other people, and send them back documents that they can open. Messed up formatting is unprofessional and unacceptable; documents need to look as they were intended to look.

The only software capable of doing that with reasonable reliability is MS Office itself. That gives it a huge advantage that I can't see disappearing any time soon.

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