Linked by lemur2 on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 22:30 UTC
Features, Office The Calligra Office Suite has announced its second snapshot release. The project, which is a fork of KOffice, is building a suite of productivity and creativity applications and is working towards its first formal end-user release due in October. The project is seeking feedback from end users particularly in the area of usability of the GUI. With this snapshot Calligra Office Words is claiming better compatibility with .docx than LibreOffice, and also claims to be approaching the best compatibility with legacy .doc formats.
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RE[7]: holding things back
by Dave_K on Sun 26th Jun 2011 16:05 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: holding things back"
Dave_K
Member since:
2005-11-16

You have got it utterly backwards, completely the wrong way around.

Free software is completely able to generate and faithfully re-open the files, in many alternative formats, it is MS Office that almost utterly lacks the ability to do so. MS Office is abysmal at interoperability, it is utter garbage. If you are doing any kind of collaboration, MS Office should be avoided like the plague.


Yes, in a perfect world everyone would be using free software with open file formats and there'd be no issues with compatibility, but that isn't the world we live in.

In the world of charities and government agencies that I deal with, every single organisation is using MS Office. Go to their websites and you'll find marketing materials in PDF, but everything intended to be editable is an MS Word document. MS Office formats are such a standard that they generally aren't even specified, it's just assumed that they're what you'll send.

Most of those people aren't even going to have heard of Open/LibreOffice. What response do you think I'd get if I insisted that they install another office suite just so that they can deal with the documents I'm sending to them?

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RE[8]: holding things back
by lemur2 on Sun 26th Jun 2011 23:37 in reply to "RE[7]: holding things back"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

In the world of charities and government agencies that I deal with, every single organisation is using MS Office. Go to their websites and you'll find marketing materials in PDF, but everything intended to be editable is an MS Word document. MS Office formats are such a standard that they generally aren't even specified, it's just assumed that they're what you'll send.

Most of those people aren't even going to have heard of Open/LibreOffice. What response do you think I'd get if I insisted that they install another office suite just so that they can deal with the documents I'm sending to them?


Depends on who the customer is.

If I send request-for-tender files out to multiple recipients, files which my own IT infrastructure can deal with easily, and some recipients respond by saying "we are so incompetent we were unable to open those files" and other comapnies respond to my request for tender, guess which companies I am going to deal with?

BTW between 10% and 20% of businesses, worldwide, depending on their location, have OpenOffice installed.

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