Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:45 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Yesterday we ran a story on how educational institutions defaulting to Microsoft Office may stifle some people who do not own a copy of Office or Windows. A Forrester Research report now states the bloody obvious by claiming that organisations stick with Microsoft Word not out of necessity, but out of habit.
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Sorry I disagree
by raver31 on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:52 UTC
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2005-07-06

They stick with Word because they feel they have to be compatible with the rest of the business world, who all use Word.

They are scared of using a rival, in case other people cannot open their attachements, therefore the tender goes unread and the business is lost.

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RE: Sorry I disagree
by lemur2 on Fri 16th Jan 2009 09:05 in reply to "Sorry I disagree"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

therefore the tender goes unread and the business is lost.


OpenOffice has a nifty feature where one can export any document to PDF.

If a company receiving a document cannot read PDF, then perhaps they really shouldn't be using computers at all.

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RE[2]: Sorry I disagree
by aliquis on Fri 16th Jan 2009 09:53 in reply to "RE: Sorry I disagree"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

But it's harder when you work in groups and various people may want to edit the document in question, then pdf isn't all good longer.

But yes, I really like being able to "print to PDF" in OS X.

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RE[2]: Sorry I disagree
by _txf_ on Fri 16th Jan 2009 11:19 in reply to "RE: Sorry I disagree"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Certainly. But what happens when they want to edit said document... They'd have to use adobe's crappy and expensive editor.

I have a similar situation myself. I want to write all my documents in latex, as they sometimes contain formulas, are quite lengthy (as a result are a pain to format), plus it looks damn good in comparison to anything produced by word. Unfortunately, my document gets passed to at least 2 other people who may or may not edit it. It also gets archived and others might have to edit it in the future.

All those other people use word, so I have to use word (or open office, but that gives me more trouble as every time it gets to me the formatting is F**ked in some way or another).

Edited 2009-01-16 11:21 UTC

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RE[2]: Sorry I disagree
by morglum666 on Fri 16th Jan 2009 13:42 in reply to "RE: Sorry I disagree"
morglum666 Member since:
2005-07-06

You can set this up in about 30 seconds. You install cutepdf, and off you go. Works like a normal printer with any windows program, including word.

I think you can even use it commercially for free.

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RE: Sorry I disagree
by rhyder on Fri 16th Jan 2009 10:09 in reply to "Sorry I disagree"
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

I think that another problem is the chilling effect caused by over zealous OO evangelists in the past. I always found OO to be extremely buggy up until the 2.0 days. Prior to that, it's style handing and section headers were extremely unreliable. I wonder how many people were convinced to try it when it was pre 2.0 and ended up saying "never again".

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RE[2]: Sorry I disagree
by jabbotts on Fri 16th Jan 2009 13:39 in reply to "RE: Sorry I disagree"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The recent drama doesn't help either if the rumours of Suns ability to alienate the remaining OOo developers is true.

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