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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 The 'OpenDocument' description has been replaced by 'ODF', which stands for 'OpenDocument Format' and is becoming a well-known acronym thanks to rivalry with Microsoft's controversial OOXML format.
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How many features uses the average user
by Janvl on Sun 30th Mar 2008 12:48 UTC
Janvl
Member since:
2007-02-20

Hi,

I think the average user does not use over 50% of all the features in MS-Office. Even if they have OOo they will not use all of his features.

So OOo will do for the majority. If you manage a business it should be the manager to decide, not his employees what office-software is used. There are loads of arguments not to use MS-Office, so a smart manager choses OOo and, only those that can actually show that a feature they cannot work without is only available in Ms-office might get a licence. This will save a lot of money for every business.

Some here seem to think that managing a business is just to give employees everything the demand, sorry to say so but the world is not like that.

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evangs Member since:
2005-07-07


I think the average user does not use over 50% of all the features in MS-Office. Even if they have OOo they will not use all of his features.


See, the premise of such arguments are based on pure speculation. The "average user" does not use over "50%" of all the features? Calc is fairly annoying for me in that I work with people who use DATEDIF a lot. OO has no support for such a function and I guess most people have no need of a function to find the difference (i.e. time elapsed) between dates ... There are ways of solving it (http://www.openofficetips.com/2007/07/18/who-needs-datedif/) but that is no where near as elegant as a simple DATEDIF function. I guess not "enough" users need it to warrant such a simple fix.

OO is not there yet. Sure, it might be there for some people, but do not chastise them if OO truly isn't suitable for them.

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Innova Member since:
2005-09-30


I think the average user does not use over 50% of all the features in MS-Office. Even if they have OOo they will not use all of his features.


the trouble with these arguments is that, even if true, every user likely uses a different subset of 50% of the features. Hence, having 100% of the features to please everyone, or 50% of the features and pleasing no one.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Hence, having 100% of the features to please everyone, or 50% of the features and pleasing no one.


Or having 80% and pleasing most people.

Then again, a fair question might be "What percentage of OO.o's features does MSO support?". Depending upon which way you ask the question, one or the other side is always put at a disadvantage.

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pjafrombbay Member since:
2005-07-31

I think the average user does not use over 50% of all the features in MS-Office. Even if they have OOo they will not use all of his features...


I agree! I'm retired and my 'Office' requirements are significantly reduced (although I still need a good quality word processor). MS Office is out on cost grounds. I tried OOo for several years but find it over-kill so have recently switched to Atlantis Word Processor (http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/) and while I have to pay for it I find it has all the features I need and is very lean and uses few resources. I have also acquired copies of GS Calc and GS Base from JPS Developments (http://www.jps-development.com/) and for the limited amount of spreadsheeting and databaseing that I do these are good enough.

Regards,
Peter

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