Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jan 2014 10:06 UTC
Windows

Paul Thurrott on the next version of Windows and the future of the platform.

In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It's an acknowledgment that what came before didn't work, and didn't resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn't have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8 - just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista - there's no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.

With even Paul Thurrott claiming Windows is in trouble, it becomes virtually impossible to deny it is so.

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RE[5]: Windows Nap Time
by davidiwharper on Wed 15th Jan 2014 02:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Windows Nap Time"
davidiwharper
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2006-01-01

LibreOffice has very good OOXML compatibility.

http://www.libreoffice.org/home/Discover#interoperability

The compatibility area that is lacking is that MS Office has exceptionally poor OpenDocument capabilities. This is a shortcoming of MS Office, not of LibreOffice.


Both office suites have comparatively poor compatibility for the primary formats of the other. I always advise users of LibreOffice to use the 97-2003 filters instead of OOXML because compatibility for them is outstanding by comparison.

The thing about being the undisputed market leader [Office] is that, however much everyone else might complain about it, the onus is on those others to support your formats, not the reverse.

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RE[6]: Windows Nap Time
by lemur2 on Wed 15th Jan 2014 08:32 in reply to "RE[5]: Windows Nap Time"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Both office suites have comparatively poor compatibility for the primary formats of the other.


I strongly disagree. LibreOffice has excellent compatibility for MSOffice formats whereas MSOffice has abysmal compatibility for the OpenDocument formats.

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RE[7]: Windows Nap Time
by lemur2 on Wed 15th Jan 2014 09:08 in reply to "RE[6]: Windows Nap Time"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Both office suites have comparatively poor compatibility for the primary formats of the other.


I strongly disagree. LibreOffice has excellent compatibility for MSOffice formats whereas MSOffice has abysmal compatibility for the OpenDocument formats.
"

I submit as evidence this snapshot from my Linux Mint Petra KDE desktop:

http://i.imgur.com/8wIPVLY.png

On the left is Okular (PDF viewer) showing a PDF of MSOffice output of a .docx test document.

On the right is LibreOffice Writer Version: 4.1.3.2 with the actual .docx test document loaded.

Note that this is a Linux desktop which does not have proprietary MS fonts (such as Cambria) installed, but rather the Calibri/Cambria replacements Carlito/Caladea (metric equivalent fonts) are displayed instead.

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