Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2007 22:33 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Mac OS X Documentary evidence that Microsoft considered abandoning Office for Mac in order to cause 'a great deal of harm' to Apple has emerged. An emailed memo from Microsoft-founder Bill Gates to then Mac Business Unit chief Ben Waldman dated June 1997 talks about morale in the Mac Office development camp. At that time Microsoft's senior management were considering dumping Mac support. The email complains at poor sales of Office, which it attributes to a lack of focus on making such sales among reps at that time.
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RE[2]: Earth to Apple Fans...
by NeoX on Wed 7th Mar 2007 00:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Earth to Apple Fans..."
NeoX
Member since:
2006-02-19

I totally agree, that 90% compatibility is meaningless in the enterprise. We could not use Open Office in several of the clients that I have dealt with because of needing 100% compatibility with Excel for dynamic data driven reports.

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unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

New versions of MS-Office seldom are 100% compatible with older versions. The reason that Microsoft Office works so is that the entire organization usually changes version simultaneously and the spreadsheets are fixed to work with the new version if any problems should occur.

Switching to OpenOffice.org in all places would not be more problematic than upgrading to the next version of MS-Office, and even if it was more difficult, there would be a lot of money to save on licensing that could be used to convert whatever few spreadsheets that didn't work. My guess is that they would be very few, the OOo, MS-Office interoperability have increased a lot lately due to additions from e.g. Novell.


The problem is that Apple users will not accept OpenOffice.org unless there is a version running without X11.

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RE[4]: Earth to Apple Fans...
by evangs on Wed 7th Mar 2007 12:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Earth to Apple Fans..."
evangs Member since:
2005-07-07

The problem is that Apple users will not accept OpenOffice.org unless there is a version running without X11.

You make it sound as if that is some unreasonable demand. Have you seen OpenOffice running under X11 on OS X? If so, you will understand the concern. The fonts look weird, and more importantly the keybindings are all wrong.

NeoOffice is getting there, but it'll be a while before it gets reaches the same level of spit and polish that commercial products have.

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RE[3]: Earth to Apple Fans...
by twenex on Wed 7th Mar 2007 13:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Earth to Apple Fans..."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

"I totally agree, that 90% compatibility is meaningless in the enterprise. "

Barring its use in DTP departments, which probably do not use MS Office or at least the "enterprise" features of MS Office anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple is more "meaningless" in the enterprise than OpenOffice.

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