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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RE[2]: Office Open XML
by stabbyjones on Wed 7th Mar 2012 06:11 UTC 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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RE[3]: Office Open XML
by Neolander on Wed 7th Mar 2012 07:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Office Open XML"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

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

PowerPoint too ? I would never have thought...

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RE[4]: Office Open XML
by Lennie on Wed 7th Mar 2012 11:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Office Open XML"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Well, what most people do with Powerpoint shouldn't be done with Powerpoint anyway.

But yes, it is used a lot.

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RE[3]: Office Open XML
by BluenoseJake on Wed 7th Mar 2012 12:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Office Open XML"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

What I am saying is that no really bothers with the alternatives anyway, even though they work well. There are several real usable office suites that work as well as Office, but not one of them has Office's reputation among end users.

The other thing is do you really think an excel or word power user is going to give up their finely crafted vba macros and years of experience to learn a whole new way of doing things? Power users hate change. Hate it.

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