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My comment on this "benefit" issue is the following:

Reading and writing ODF is the way I hope the "world of Office Suite default formats" go to. Until then, a office suite needs to be able to read/write the other file formats used my the market-place. Right now MS formats dominate the market. When a person [or company], say using Mac or Linux, wants to create a document for their use, then ODF is fine and maybe preferred. Now if that same document needs to be shared to others, these other people will most likely have MSO, so you will need to save the document as .doc or other MSO format for their use. As time progresses, you can tell friends and associates about the benefits of LO and see if you can persuade them to give LO a try.

Right now, I am setting up a system for a group home. It will be Ubuntu/Edubuntu instead of Windows due to money issues. Also the same money issue is used for not buying MSO, if I had a Windows OS system for their use. They will be typing documents to be shared with agencies that have MSO-only. So the fact that LO reads/writes ODF as well as MSO file formats works for them. They may not want to use and ODF formats, for now. Later, they may start looking into using ODF instead, as the need arises.

I believe ODF is the future. MS wanted their "open formats" to be the future so they would have the control over it, instead of using ODF where no one company is in control. MS wants to control everything to do with the office suite and computer software markets. They are loosing that control slowly. They are now using a form of ODF in the most current office packages, so ODF is slowly creeping into MS's world.

So to answer the question: ODF is the future, but for now you must be able to use the other file formats that are part of the office market-place.

On 10/03/2011 05:34 AM, e-letter wrote:
On 02/10/2011, Vinod Nadiadwala<>  wrote:
     I am migrating my company's pc to libreoffice on windows, all my users
are using windows terminal services, now i want to set default file save
format to MS-Office i.e. .doc, .xls, .ppt to all users.

As previous stated by others, this is fundamentally wrong.

How does ODF benefit from you using LO to create m$ documents???

Your choice is simple: use LO to cread odf documents, or pay m$ and
continue to use m$ formats. If your business cannot afford m$...

Thanks for the great job LibreOffice developers,

What impudence; LO programmers should work for free to allow your
company to increase _private_ profits! To repeat, how does LO benefit?
Have you made a donation to ODF yet?

For those seeking to use LO as an m$ clone, either make a donation to
LO for the time you are wasting for LO compatibility with m$ or
preferably, pay m$ and continue to use m$ products. When you find m$
formats 2010, 2011, 95, rtf, pptx, ppty, pptz are incompatible, please
send your requests to m$, not here.

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