Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Mar 2008 23:02 UTC
Features, Office Version 2.4 of the OpenOffice productivity suite was released on Thursday, boasting enhancements to all its core components. Possibly the most significant alteration in the new version of the free suite is in the description of file types. The 'OpenDocument' description has been replaced by 'ODF', which stands for 'OpenDocument Format' and is becoming a well-known acronym thanks to rivalry with Microsoft's controversial OOXML format.
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RE[5]: New features
by sbergman27 on Sun 30th Mar 2008 03:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: New features"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

The employer should be more than willing to pay for a MS Office license if

Sappyvcv,

Start your own business. Hire your own employees. Spend your own money on them. Give them whatever they ask for if that's what you want. I promise I won't try to stop you.

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v RE[6]: New features
by sappyvcv on Sun 30th Mar 2008 05:43 in reply to "RE[5]: New features"
RE[7]: New features
by sbergman27 on Sun 30th Mar 2008 14:19 in reply to "RE[6]: New features"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

What's that got to do with anything?

I'm surprised that I have to spell this out for you. But why should I take advice on business spending policies from an OSNews poster who has never managed a business, over the proven track record of a successful and growing local business which has, over the last several years, expanded its service area to cover 2 states? Risk your own money starting a business. Gain some experience. And if you are successful, you'll have some credibility points. Until then, don't tell successful businesses how to spend their money, and what their policies should be.

Of course, what you are really going for, in this thread, and with limited success, is to paint me and my client as tyrannical, pointy haired dictators running a sweatshop right here in the American mid-west. To which I say that one of the things that I have been impressed with about this company is the way that it feels like a smaller company. Sure, as a growing enterprise, we have lots of newer employees. But many of the people I work with there I have been working with for the whole 16 years that this client has been under my care. It is, in a lot of ways, a big family. It's not the Walton's, of course. There is squabbling and disagreement, as in any normal family. But it is far from being a "faceless corporation". For the most part, everyone a each of the branch offices is on a first name basis with everyone at the other offices. And that includes the upper management and the owner.

Most of the employees recognize the benefits (and inevitable trade-offs) that the IT policies which we have implemented over the years bring. And most are comfortable with them. Perhaps the new features of OO.o 2.4, including the one which this one employee has been wanting, will make her comfortable, too.

Or perhaps you, sappyvcv, would like to make the business case, on her behalf, for why the lack of drag 'n drop column reordering in OO.o 2.3.1 is a significant enough impediment to warrant a change of policy? Please be specific in your arguments. I'm listening.

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RE[7]: New features
by MamiyaOtaru on Sun 30th Mar 2008 22:12 in reply to "RE[6]: New features"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

The cost of MS Office is not only the initial money cost. Part of the cost of it and all proprietary software is the threat of a BSA audit ( http://preview.tinyurl.com/yplaw6 ). I don't feel like keeping track of CDs and invoices. If it's my butt on the line, employees don't get whatever they want.

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