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Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE[5]: Not likely
by nt_jerkface on Mon 12th Jul 2010 08:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not likely"
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26


The biggest problem I see is moving templates, macro's and so forth over to OpenOffice.org but like anything there will be some initial pain and suffering - as long as you keep your eye on the end target you'll pull through the transition ok. The problem is that far too many projects are given up on half way through because it is 'too tough' - which is pretty disappointing if you ask me.


There are word templates and excel macros that will turn to garbly gook in Open Office. Some of these templates and macros cost tens of thousands of dollars to develop

Real Estate is an area where such templates are used extensively and you would be crazy to push the typical RE business into switching to OpenOffice with the expectation that they convert all their custom legal templates to odf.

Your typical Real Estate agent will piss away the cost of MS Office at a couple business lunches.

If you want to push open source then that is fine but drop this silly notion that it is in the best interest of every business to switch.

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RE[6]: Not likely
by lemur2 on Mon 12th Jul 2010 11:06 in reply to "RE[5]: Not likely"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

If you want to push open source then that is fine but drop this silly notion that it is in the best interest of every business to switch.


Clearly switching office Suites is not in the best interests of some parties for some use cases.

One could sensibly only claim that it would be in the best interests of, say, 80% of users of Office suites, to make a very conservative guess.

That 80% amounts to many hundreds of millions of users.

http://marketing.openoffice.org/marketing_bouncer.html

http://www.webmasterpro.de/portal/news/2010/02/05/international-ope...

10% to 20% market penetration is measured for OpenOffice in a number of countries.

That is a very decent amount of installed base. It approaches the point at which, in a similar scenario, the browser market share of Firefox became significant enough that institutions such as banks and online shopping sites had to begin to support it and NOT require that their customers use Windows/IE.

This shift will IMO happen now for ODF just as it did for web standards earlier.

Edited 2010-07-12 11:18 UTC

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RE[6]: Not likely
by kaiwai on Mon 12th Jul 2010 22:13 in reply to "RE[5]: Not likely"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

There are word templates and excel macros that will turn to garbly gook in Open Office. Some of these templates and macros cost tens of thousands of dollars to develop

Real Estate is an area where such templates are used extensively and you would be crazy to push the typical RE business into switching to OpenOffice with the expectation that they convert all their custom legal templates to odf.

Your typical Real Estate agent will piss away the cost of MS Office at a couple business lunches.


You're correct that there is a lot of man hours and money spent developing these but at the same time technology doesn't remain static - I find it funny that these people will spend money on new cars, flags and other requirements of business without battering an eye lid and yet they some how see software as a waste of money - they can't seem to get it through their thick skull that software is as valuable as a car, a sign or some other component in the service they provide.

If you want to push open source then that is fine but drop this silly notion that it is in the best interest of every business to switch.


I never said it that every company can or should migrate to OpenOffice.org - I'd love for you to point exactly where in my post I made such a statement.

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