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

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[7]: Windows Nap Time
by lemur2 on Wed 15th Jan 2014 09:08 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Windows Nap Time"
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"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:

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: 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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RE[8]: Windows Nap Time
by davidiwharper on Wed 15th Jan 2014 15:01 in reply to "RE[7]: Windows Nap Time"
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OK, so here are the details for my sweeping generalisation from before.

LibreOffice has two distinct OOXML filters: load and save. The load filter has been extensively tested (like you just did there) and works pretty well, except for PPTX which I'll get to in a moment. But saving is another matter, particularly in Writer. If you load a complex document, especially one with fancy tables, and then make some changes and save it, LO will not infrequently bugger up the formatting; close the doc down and open it up again and you'll see the problems.

In terms of PowerPoint files (binary and OOXML) Microsoft has added boatloads of features into PowerPoint since the 2003 version, and LibreOffice doesn't handle many of them well yet - particularly animations and multimedia.

My advice to clients looking to evaluate LibreOffice is that if they regularly collaborate on documents with external parties who are using Microsoft Office, particularly PowerPoint presentations, they should think very carefully before ditching MS Office.

Edited 2014-01-15 15:02 UTC

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