Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Nov 2007 23:31 UTC
Gnome "The GNOME Foundation has issued a statement in response to recent accusations that it has been supporting the acceptance of Microsoft's Office Open XML format as an ECMA standard at the expense of the Open Document Format, the open standard used by OpenOffice.org, KOffice and other free software office applications. However, whether the statement's attempt at logical rebuttal will do anything to reduce the emotions or altruism behind the criticisms is anybody's guess."
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by gilboa on Sun 25th Nov 2007 08:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Microsoft Office."

FALSE.

DOC has critical mass behind it.
For OOXML to reach the same critical mass, MS must first force-upgrade each and every Office 2K/XP/2K3 user.

- Gilboa

Edited 2007-11-25 08:18

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by sonic2000gr on Sun 25th Nov 2007 08:59 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
sonic2000gr Member since:
2007-05-20

"Microsoft Office."

FALSE.

DOC has critical mass behind it.


Exactly.
And in fact, nobody is rushing to upgrade to office 2007. I know all new systems will eventually have it, but for the time being most people use the older versions.

As a matter of fact, experienced users have a hard time getting the new logic based on the ribbon interface. Maybe new users will find it easier, but for someone used to the classic menu it is confusing and counter productive to begin with (but it may just be a matter of time to adjust).

Biggest problem is office 2007 saves in OOXML by default, novice users don't know about it, they send these files to office XP/2K3 users, and my phone keeps ringing all the time ;)

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by Downix on Sun 25th Nov 2007 14:30 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
Downix Member since:
2007-08-21

""Microsoft Office."

FALSE.

DOC has critical mass behind it.

Exactly.
And in fact, nobody is rushing to upgrade to office 2007. I know all new systems will eventually have it, but for the time being most people use the older versions. "
Our office bought 5 new computers, came with "limited" versions of Office 07. Within 24 hours, had complaints from everyone else in the office over these 5 machines documents being unreadable. A comfab with the boss, everyone in the office had Office of every form wiped and an ODF-complient office suite installed of their choice. We were evenly split between Star and Open Office, and one Symphony beta-tester. Complaints dissapeared.

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by google_ninja on Mon 26th Nov 2007 00:50 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Office 2k7 sales rose 20% in the last quarter, generating MS 4.11 billion dollars in revenue.

As much as we would all like to think places like this are indicidive of the real world IT market, they aren't.

Another interesting fact, in the last quarter, Vista sold 28 million copies, bringing the total copies sold to 88 million, and generating 4.14 billion dollars in revenue.(just happened to read it in the same article, quoting it because it is another example of market reality differing wildly from geeky popular opinion)

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