Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

This is the reason why most of the charities I deal with buy MS Office rather than using free software. They regularly communicate with the government and other organisations using MS Office, and those communications can be very important and time sensitive. It isn't worth losing out on tens of thousands of pounds in funding because an important application created in OpenOffice was reduced to gibberish.

For the price of MS Office, using OpenOffice often just isn't worth the hassle.


The UK government has recently set a procurement policy that mandates "open standards", and the UK government has defined "open standards" as meaning "royalty free".

http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20110...

MS Office is absolutely abysmal at handling the OpenDocument (ODF) open standard, and it doesn't handle at all the recently-approved ODF 1.2 open standard for digital documents.

http://www.robweir.com/blog/2011/03/odf-1-2-committee-specification...

Considering that MS office won't be at all capable to meet the UK government's announced procurement needs, using it in the future to try to interact with the UK government soon won't be worth the hassle.

If I were you I'd look at reversing your advice to charities.

Edited 2011-04-20 14:38 UTC

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Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Considering that MS office won't be at all capable to meet the UK government's announced procurement needs, using it in the future to try to interact with the UK government soon won't be worth the hassle. If I were you I'd look at reversing your advice to charities.


If using OpenOffice was a practical option then I'd suggest they use it and save some money, but at the moment MS Office is the only real choice.

Government recommendations don't instantly change the file formats that are actually in use. Out of many thousands of documents received, around 90% are in MS Office formats, while 99% of the other 10% are PDFs.

Every company and organisation that I know of deals with MS Office formats only. Information from the government is sent to us in .docx and .xlsx only, and they expect to receive information back in the same formats. Out of countless documents, I've never seen an OpenOffice format in the real world.

That situation isn't going to change overnight.

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oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

And I remember wordperfect and law.

Nothing changes over night. Simple point is over time things do change. It really depends on what country you are dealing with if you need to send odf or ooxml.

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