Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:40 UTC
Microsoft "Today we are able to share details on a number of new and improved features in each of the core applications for Office 15, thanks to several people with access to the early Technical Preview code. From Touch and Reading Mode to a Weather Bar feature in Outlook 15, we have exclusive details on Microsoft's plans." Looking good. Not fully Metro though. Bummer.
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Office Open XML
by stabbyjones on Wed 7th Mar 2012 00:12 UTC
stabbyjones
Member since:
2008-04-15

Apparently they're finally going to support their own "standard".

https://blogs.msdn.com/b/dmahugh/archive/2010/04/06/office-s-support...

Not that I'm going to hold my breath. The sooner other suites can work effectively in docx the sooner people will stop using/paying for it.

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RE: Office Open XML
by BluenoseJake on Wed 7th Mar 2012 03:39 in reply to "Office Open XML"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

You do know that Word isn't the only app in Office, right? Oh, and there are free alternatives to Windows, and you really don't see people flocking to that. Being free and working well aren't enough for most people, strangely enough.

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RE[2]: Office Open XML
by stabbyjones on Wed 7th Mar 2012 06:11 in reply to "RE: Office Open XML"
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

The major apps in office are word and excel and outlook hands down. The rest is filler for 90% of users.

My point is that you can't even apply for a job without it needing to be in doc/docx format. Most places don't take PDF, ODF/ODT, etc etc.

Australia has an ingrained MS Office culture that makes using Libre Office pretty pointless unless it can provide effective Open XML conversion.

Which it doesn't. https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=40900

So the reason no one bothers with alternatives is because everyone else uses Office and Office works best with Office documents. Changing to an alternative is impossible if you want to interact with pretty much any other business in the country.

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