Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Apr 2007 21:58 UTC, submitted by andrewg
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y George Ou compares Microsoft Office 2007 to OpenOffice 2.2 in memory and CPU usage using the OOXML and ODF file formats. The conclusion according to Ou: "We can see that the ODF XML parser (while vastly improved) is still about 5 times slower than Microsoft's OOXML parser. also seems to consume nearly 4 times the amount of RAM to hold the same data. While continues to have fewer features than Microsoft Office, it continues to consume far more resources than Microsoft."
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RE: OpenOffice superior
by rm6990 on Mon 30th Apr 2007 02:04 UTC in reply to "OpenOffice superior"
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The only real reason you give is that it does not support ODF. Considering there are free plugins out there that add ODF support to Office (being developed by Sun, the primary developer of to boot), do you have any other reasons to give for why is "vastly superior"?

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RE[2]: OpenOffice superior
by lemur2 on Mon 30th Apr 2007 02:23 in reply to "RE: OpenOffice superior"
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{The only real reason you give is that it does not support ODF.}

That is a real reason. It is in fact a showstopper issue.

If Microsoft Office and Windows supported open standards (not just ODF, but things like SVG, web standards in general, ogg, standards compliant java ... not MS "extended and incompatible" java, etc, etc) then I could use Windows and Office. In fact, if Microsft products fully supported open standards and allowed competition, paradoxically there would be no contest because they would be the best products.

Since Windows and Office do not support open standards, and in fact avoid any open standards (such as ODF) in an thinly veiled attempt to lock customers in to the Windows platform, then paradoxically I cannot use a Windows or Office solution at all.

Having a feeble half-capable plugin, not even offered in the default install, and not able to be set as the default open/save format, is simply just not acceptable. I need a solution that will allow me to ensure a 100% open-standards-compliant output, with no Microsoft-only extensions to formats, so that I can be guaranteed that in the future I will not necessarily need a Windows/MSOffice platform in order to be able to fully read my own data.

Edited 2007-04-30 02:25

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RE[3]: OpenOffice superior
by anonUmus on Tue 1st May 2007 08:13 in reply to "RE[2]: OpenOffice superior"
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You do realize that MSFT ceased supplying MSJVM with Windows XP after the release of SP1, correct?

They direct customers to Sun for Java runtime:

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RE[2]: OpenOffice superior
by Supreme Dragon on Mon 30th Apr 2007 03:00 in reply to "RE: OpenOffice superior"
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"do you have any other reasons to give for why is "vastly superior"?

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