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[3]: holding things back
by phoenix on Mon 27th Jun 2011 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: holding things back"
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If you install all the security updates for MS Office XP and 2003, then you will no longer be able to open MS Word 2/6/95 documents. You won't even be able to open them in WordPad. Ran into this issue just last month as we have a teacher with several hundred Word 6.0 documents they've been using for years ... that they can no longer open on their Windows XP machine using MS Office 2003!!

What's even worse, though, is that MS Word can't open MS Works documents without paying MS for a "File compatibility pack".

And there's always the "Office X can't open Office X+1" documents without going through a lot of hoops.

At least with WordPerfect, any version after 7 can open any versions documents, due to the use of SGML for the document format. I've even personally tested that WP9 can open documents created and saved in WP14, without any issues. Try that with MS Office, without adding any extra packages.

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