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On 30/12/21 8:06 pm, James Harking wrote:
  Hi Sophie,

What I'm trying to 'tease' out is that LibreOffice in its current form can
not be a replacement for Microsoft Office, but clearly it is central to
this. As an example I have never heard of Blue Mind.

I disagree. In case of video conferencing software, for example, you do not even need to switch. Let's say you were using Microsoft teams to have video meetings, but I won't attend a meeting on a nonfree/proprietary software. So, for a meeting with me, you can just send a meeting from a Jitsi/BigBlueButton server. The case of video/emails is not locked-in as WhatsApp type of chat app is. In WhatsApp, you uninstall the app and you loose all your contacts. The same is not true for video calls.

LibreOffice is a replacement of MS Office, in my opinion. We don't have to integrate everything into LibreOffice. They can be used as separate too. The freedom part is what we have to realize is the biggest feature of LibreOffice is, above all. If we value our freedom, then MS Office is not even an option.

Currently to replace the totality of Microsoft Office 365 takes around 5 or
6 applications I suspect which is a difficult ask given that you can go to
one provider for a solution but if there is a recommended migration path
using a number of 'partner' projects then it is an easier sell.

I disagree. How much time it takes for you to create an account on another mail server? If you are a company, then usually you can set up your own mail server too. As explained above, you can get rid of Microsoft Teams in your next video meeting as well. Just share the URL which is not from Microsoft teams. The same won't be true for vendor lock-in software like WhatsApp/Signal as explained above.

Ravi Dwivedi
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