Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Oct 2005 13:24 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Features, Office "Today's another exciting day as we move closer to Beta 1. We are just wrapping up the MVP summit here in Redmond and we've finally announced another piece of functionality I've wanted to talk about for a long time now. This afternoon Steven Sinofsky announced to our MVPs that we will build in native support for the PDF format in Office 12."
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RE[3]: Compete to OOo
by Morty on Sun 2nd Oct 2005 14:52 UTC
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In what way is Writer bloated? (I read the comments, and I don't get it...word processors are getting bigger mostly to handle integration of different data types.)

It's bloated becouse using bloat to critisise something is very popular. Since it's nice and fussy yet "powerfull", and you can use it without having to back your claims in any way. At least that's how people use it, and it's usually nonsens too.

And as you say all word processors are getting bigger, it's nothing isolated for Writer. I am of the opinion that most of it actually are useless, at least for 95% or more of the user. I think very little, in the way of real usefull features, has been added to wordprocessors since the days of Word 2.0.

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RE[4]: Compete to OOo
by dylansmrjones on Sun 2nd Oct 2005 17:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Compete to OOo"
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I don't know Word 2.0 but I know that Wordperfect 6.0a had a lot more functionality than most people would ever use, even today. But it also lacks something which we need today, like support for long filenames (limitation in DOS/Windows 3.x).

A lot of the "bloat" could be removed with a more modular construction, but that's probably not going to happen for a long while I'm afraid, even though it technically is very easy to do, and gives much better performance (when done right, that is).

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RE[5]: Compete to OOo
by kmarius on Mon 3rd Oct 2005 03:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Compete to OOo"
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Perhaps if you start from scratch, but I don't think converting a huge piece of software like Office 12 is trivial.

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