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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The feature discussion in Microsoft Word
by porcel on Fri 16th Jan 2009 09:02 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

While Word is without a doubt one of the more powerful and feature-packed word processing applications, it's also the case that most people use only a small subset of the features Word offers - it's just that each user relies on a different subset of features, making it hard for some to use less powerful and less feature-packed word processors.

I have heard this comment countless times, often from Microsoft reps themselves, mostly without any statistical backing. In our testing, we have done more than 300 office to openoffice migrations in the past five years, the subset of features is actually almost always the same one for a given company position or department.

Repeating something ad nauseam does not make it true. For the majority of users, openoffice is more than ready. In fact, in the feature discussion, there are openoffice writer features that either don´t exist or don´t work as well in word

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Repeating something ad nauseam does not make it true. For the majority of users, openoffice is more than ready. In fact, in the feature discussion, there are openoffice writer features that either don´t exist or don´t work as well in word


OpenOffice is quite a bit more full-featured than Word is. OpenOffice can handle documents in ODF 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 formats, PDF, Microsoft legacy formats and Office 2007 XML format.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openoffice#File_formats

OpenOffice uses standard (non-proprietary) macro languages such as Java, Python, Basic and Netbeans. There is a much greater chance that macros will be able to operate anywhere and with other applications, not just on one type of system.

http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Extensions_development

OpenOffice runs (feature complete) on Windows, Mac OSX, OpenSolaris and Linux as well.

One can even get a FireFox extension to display OpenOffice documents.

http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Firefox_ODFReader_extensio...

Edited 2009-01-16 09:29 UTC

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aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Personally I liked how images just didn't skipped around and ended up on whatever webpage sometime when you pasted them into the document in Staroffice vs word. I know one can change how text flow along objects in Word but it always used to mess up anyway.

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