Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jun 2013 22:05 UTC
Windows "The problem with Microsoft's latest approach is that the company is gambling on consumers seeing past the Office confusion, and betting that PC makers will start creating high-quality devices. Unlike the netbook era, there's a huge choice of tablets these days. If time has taught us anything, it's that confused consumers will go elsewhere."
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RE: Office obsession.
by darknexus on Fri 7th Jun 2013 16:49 UTC in reply to "Office obsession."
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

I really don't understand why so many people "need" office. Free alternatives have been out there for years, and for what most people use it for it's good enough.

Obviously you've never tried to share documents between Office alternatives and genuine Office. If you did, you'd not say these things. Even different versions of Office don't share that well between one another. It's actually quite pathetic.

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RE[2]: Office obsession.
by tkeith on Fri 7th Jun 2013 18:36 in reply to "RE: Office obsession."
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Fair, but I'm talking about home use. These are usually simple documents where they don't need to share between different programs. Funny, at work we always have to save documents back to the oldest forms possible to avoid venders or old computers in house that still have old software. We save Office documents back to 97 and CAD files back to 2000.

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RE[3]: Office obsession.
by darknexus on Sat 8th Jun 2013 00:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Office obsession."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Fair, but I'm talking about home use. These are usually simple documents where they don't need to share between different programs. Funny, at work we always have to save documents back to the oldest forms possible to avoid venders or old computers in house that still have old software. We save Office documents back to 97 and CAD files back to 2000.

Trouble is, you never know when a home user will want to share a document with someone and you can't predict what that someone will be running. There's as much incompatibility between the various Office alternatives as there are between Office and them. It could be something as simple as sending something they've written to a friend, or it could be something as important as uploading their resume while seeking employment. In the latter case, you can bet the business will be using Office and, if the home user isn't and runs up against an incompatibility without realizing it, their resume may not present well and may leave a bad impression when viewed. We may hate the situation (I know I do), and we may not believe that presentation should be as important as it is, but that's how the deck is stacked at the moment.

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