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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by evangs on Fri 16th Jan 2009 14:00 UTC
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businesses may still be using Word because it is familiar to users or because they have a legacy investment in the application, not because it is the best option

Being familiar _and_ working with legacy documents can mean that Word _is_ the best option. Not everything boils down to technical features.

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RE: From TFA
by spiderman on Fri 16th Jan 2009 15:06 in reply to "From TFA"
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If you have legacy documents from earlier versions of MS word, chances are that the format is no more supported by the newer versions of MS Office. In that case, OpenOffice may handle the documents better than MS office itself, because different versions of MS Office are not compatible with each other. I don't buy this argument about compatibility. Closed proprietary format certainly isn't a long term solution for compatibility. Your documents will be effectively unreadable in 5 or 6 years.

Edited 2009-01-16 15:08 UTC

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