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Re: [libreoffice-users] Do You Share ODF Documents With MS Office Users?
- Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Do You Share ODF Documents With MS Office Users?
- From: T Hopkins <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 09:20:35 -0400
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Aug 9, 2012, at 2:43 AM, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
> The total costs of all that would be FAR lower by converting from Office 2003 or any of its predecessors to LO compared to converting to Office 2007/2010.....users could at least get going almost immediately with LO whereas the new ribbon seemed to be almost unfathomable to a lot of people, so yes, going from one version of MS Office to a SIMILAR version (as in Office XP to Office 2003 or Office 2007 to 2010) I agree. Going from a menu-based Office to a ribbon-based Office no, I don't agree.
Actually, I not only totally agree, I am currently arguing for LO on precisely those grounds. The cost of licensing only gets me a hearing. The argument that converting from early MO to current LO is a smoother transition than upgrading to MS2011 is the one I think will carry the day.
I also argue that:
LO is showing significant strength, acceptance, and vigor, and therefor has a sufficient secure future (important)
That ODT is the international "standard," not DocX (there is widespread distaste for DocX so this works well politically)
LO is a better "cross-platform" product (the "media" business has a large Mac population, unfriendly to MS)
Unfortunately, my arguments are largely unproven. All it would take would be one important client raving about their conversion to LO. That could happen as our clients are largely non-commercial. But, it has not. Rather, they use very old versions of MS.
So back to the original thread. No, we don't share ODT docs. We share MS2000 docs. In fact, all documents are stored as MS2000, whether created by LO or MO. I still advocate the MS2000 format as the default, as it is still the single most widely supported document format in my corner of the world... other than text/rtf. We have never had a problem with a client opening an MS2000 format doc. Well, not in this decade anyway.
Hillmann & Carr Inc.
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