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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Force it
by Buck on Fri 16th Jan 2009 09:36 UTC
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The best way is to teach your recipients how to open pdf files. I've found it to be quite effective, that is, if you have the authority to do so.

Also, in my opinion Word allows for a sloppy formatting. We've all seen our share of insanely formatted Word documents where its features were overused, such as using Word for handling very large tables. iWork on the other hand seems like a saner environment to work with, not that it completely frees the user from messing up but still...

In the end it probably comes do to education - first you learn how to use alignment, then how to divide your document into paragraphs, sections and use page breaks and then choosing the most convenient alternative word processor comes naturally. Unfortunately most office people don't have the capacity to learn anything new and would rather do a sloppy job with the tools they think they know.

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