Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Oct 2008 11:36 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Features, Office After three years of development, OOo 3.0 is finally here with a bunch of new features and enhancements. Linux Format looks at the changes and rates the suite's overall performance, and you can try it yourself by downloading a copy from here.
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RE[5]: 100% compatible
by wannabe geek on Mon 13th Oct 2008 17:53 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: 100% compatible"
wannabe geek
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2006-09-27

I know exactly what you feel. In some situations, having 90% compatibility is almost just as bad as having 0% compatibility. IMHO, one has to live with the fact that sometimes you just can't use the tools you prefer. If you try to make do with bad compatibility you end up hating the not-quite-compatible FOSS application, when it may be a great tool on its own if you remove the strict format compatibility requirement. It's a good thing to raise awareness about alternatives, but you have to keep your marks and then your job.

I most appreciate OO's compatibility with MS Office when importing documents, but AFAIK, completely seamless interaction between the two office suites is just not possible at the moment.

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RE[6]: 100% compatible
by lemur2 on Mon 13th Oct 2008 22:51 in reply to "RE[5]: 100% compatible"
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2007-02-17

It's a good thing to raise awareness about alternatives, but you have to keep your marks and then your job. I most appreciate OO's compatibility with MS Office when importing documents, but AFAIK, completely seamless interaction between the two office suites is just not possible at the moment.


It would of course be possible if Microsoft would implement OpenDocument 1.2 correctly and fully, or if they would publish full and correct specifications of their trade secret legacy binary formats.

Since Microsoft do neither of those things, and since OpenOffice offers you far, far better compatibility than Office 2007 does, you are of course better off (from the compatibility viewpoint) using OpenOffice and not Microsoft Office.

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