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On 15/03/11 06:29, Stefan Weigel wrote:
LibreOffice is great software and there are many good reasons to
choose it. LibreOffice does not need to always compare itself to
Microsoft Office. But, if someone compares LibreOffice to Microsoft
products, then it should be compared to Word, Excel and Powerpoint

But those components (with Outlook) are what the VAST majority of users actually USE. Access is relatively uncommon as are all the rest of the modules available. Even Office Professional Plus 2010, the top version only contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace and Communicator. Of those modules, the VAST majority of people will only use a combination of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Access tends to be quite a specialist application, Sharepoint is only of use if you have access to a Sharepoint server, Publisher is becoming (thankfully) less and less used as you can do most things in Word instead, and Communicator seems a bit of a gimmich, as you can replicate its functions with many other pices of software.
From the Communicator website:

Office Communicator 2007 R2 provides a streamlined communications experience and offers easy connectivity for users no matter where they are or what communications method they choose. With rich presence awareness, software-powered voice capabilities, enterprise-class instant messaging (IM), multi-party audio, video and desktop sharing, and integration with Microsoft Office 2007 applications, you can connect and collaborate from any location that has Internet connectivity.

All that can be done without Office.

So I think that it is perfectly sound to compare LO with MO - certainly for the average user.

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