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 The 'OpenDocument' description has been replaced by 'ODF', which stands for 'OpenDocument Format' and is becoming a well-known acronym thanks to rivalry with Microsoft's controversial OOXML format.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[3]: New features
by evangs on Sun 30th Mar 2008 17:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: New features"
evangs
Member since:
2005-07-07

At the end of the day, I think it depends on the kind of job that is being done. For example, if you're working as a quant in some big financial firm, no employer is going to begrudge you the software you need. The amount of money you make each day for the company is easily enough to cover the cost of a license. On the other hand, if you're working in a small business where the turnover is considerably smaller, the price of an MS Office site license can be prohibitive. Shelling out $500 for just one staff member can be quite an expensive prospect.

So the question that really needs to be answered is whether the switch to MS office will increase productivity enough to justify the price of a license?

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RE[4]: New features
by sbergman27 on Sun 30th Mar 2008 18:13 in reply to "RE[3]: New features"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

So the question that really needs to be answered is whether the switch to MS office will increase productivity enough to justify the price of a license?

Don't forget the additional administrative costs and consulting fees. In our case, OO.o is centrally hosted on our XDMCP/NX server, and all management is centralized. The 60-70 (complete) desktops that we run require relatively little time to support and administer. A one-off MSO installation on Windows has to be maintained separately, and has a very real per user cost that, over time, exceeds any initial licensing fees. Especially when it is at a branch office which is 220 miles from my location.

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RE[5]: New features
by stestagg on Sun 30th Mar 2008 18:28 in reply to "RE[4]: New features"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

You provide office desktops as NX sessions over the internet?

What company do you work for? I need to know what to avoid.

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