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I think you need to be realistic here, if you are going to continue to use
Microsoft Teams for video conferencing you would use the rest of the
package also, correct me if wrong but there would be no cost benefit for a
business to not using Microsoft Office then?

While I appreciate your desire to not use proprietary software I think you
are in a small minority that has that viewpoint and importantly freedom of
choice to apply that decision. Most end users will have to use the software
that is supplied to them in their workplace.

Regarding additional application software that fills a missing 'void' that
LibreOffice does not currently cater for I am talking about strategic
partnerships to grow the whole ecosystem.

This will benefit LibreOffice considerably and the 'partner' software
vendors. And will reach your end goal quicker of more FLOSS desktop
application usage.

Kind regards

On Thu, 30 Dec 2021, 21:25 Ravi Dwivedi, <> wrote:

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
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
6 applications I suspect which is a difficult ask given that you can go
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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