Linked by David Adams on Thu 17th Jul 2008 00:00 UTC, submitted by snydeq
Features, Office InfoWorld's Curtis Franklin reviews the four leading contenders to supplant Microsoft Office in business and finds that, while Google Docs is not ready to take on the full mantle, OpenOffice and Zoho provide viable alternatives should IT endeavor to wean business off Office.
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RE: Wrong title
by searly on Thu 17th Jul 2008 08:25 UTC in reply to "Wrong title"
searly
Member since:
2006-02-27

"...that actually work."

That made me laugh. MS Office is the worst product out there, complete bloat and in real world business only 10% of the features get used. You must be the first person i heard saying that MS Office actually "works".

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RE[2]: Wrong title
by kaiwai on Thu 17th Jul 2008 09:00 in reply to "RE: Wrong title"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

"...that actually work."

That made me laugh. MS Office is the worst product out there, complete bloat and in real world business only 10% of the features get used. You must be the first person i heard saying that MS Office actually "works".


Yes, and everyone uses a different 10%, so you can never have a situation where by everyone uses the same 10% - which is why there are so many features required to keep people happy.

I'm not running Microsoft Office for Windows either - I made no such claim about Office for Windows. The fact you can't even be bothered to read my posts I make on this forum because of your position of 'johnny come lately' - maybe you should pipe down and learn a little thing or two about those of us who have been hear for more than just 5 minutes.

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RE[2]: Wrong title
by BluenoseJake on Thu 17th Jul 2008 15:12 in reply to "RE: Wrong title"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I use both, OpenOffice at home, and MS Office 2003 at work, and they BOTH work. They do their job with out too many issues. They open documents from each other with aplomb in 99% of cases.

At work, we have 90 people using MS office, and they all use it differently, to do different things (mail merges, presentations, database, spreadsheets, pivot tables, graphs, data conversion, automation).

You call it bloated, but everyone uses the features they need, and OpenOffice isn't that much slimmer. On top of that, their Access replacement really kinda sucks compared to Access (Which sucks anyway). Sometimes you just can't beat the real thing.

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RE[2]: Wrong title
by Laurence on Thu 17th Jul 2008 17:01 in reply to "RE: Wrong title"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

MS Office is the worst product out there, complete bloat and in real world business only 10% of the features get used. You must be the first person i heard saying that MS Office actually "works".


I'm usually the first to comment on Microsoft products as unstable, full of bloat... and so on.
However MS Office /is/ actually damn good. It's one of the few products they've produced which I think deserves being market leader.

Sure I use KOffice (and OpenOffice sporadically) at home and sure I wish Microsoft would switch to ODF as their primary document format. Also sure I miss some of the functionality in KOffice and OpenOffice which don't appear in a vanilla install of MSOffice. But on the whole MS Office not only does the job "good enough" but it seems to do the job well - often with great time saving features as well as great scripting language for building in new features.

That all said, I don't see the point in Office package flame wars because for 99% of the time, any of the leading Office packages will get the job done (hell, even a 13 year old copy of Lotus Smart Suite will meet most peoples need most of the time).

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RE[3]: Wrong title
by Laurence on Thu 17th Jul 2008 17:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Wrong title"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

MS Office /is/ actually damn good. It's one of the few products they've produced which I think deserves being market leader


That said - i don't think MSOffice deserves to be the leader by any where as significant margin as it currently has.

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RE[2]: Wrong title
by Flipper on Thu 17th Jul 2008 17:05 in reply to "RE: Wrong title"
Flipper Member since:
2008-07-17

Worst product? How biased...

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RE[2]: Wrong title
by Phloptical on Thu 17th Jul 2008 20:51 in reply to "RE: Wrong title"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

So I guess you're flag is still flying Wordperfect 5.1?

The office suite is the best product Microsoft has in it's portfolio. It's the most "standard' across all the products, in that, if you know how to use app, you can figure out the others.

I'm no fan of Microsoft, but I know a good product when I see it, and use it. And up until recently, the reason why Office was the standard for so many years was because everything else sucked.

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