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Hi :)
We are not all single users here!  Far from it!  There are a lot of
companies invested in LibreOffice/OpenOffice and even more if you include
other products that use the OpenDocument Format.  Mostly they are not names
well recognised by "Windows desktop users" but some may ring a bell; Google,
IBM, Redhat, Canonical, Oracle, Novell

We used to keep a page on articles in the press including articles about
massive migrations to LO
and used to keep a page showing some of the larger corporates
that used LO/OOo but it all became untenable as there are so many articles
and migrations out there  "Copenhagen hospitals ... move to
using LibreOffice ... to save around 5.3 million euros"
In some non-English-speaking countries use of OOo/LO is widespread.  For
some it's a political decision, ie would US companies all be happy paying
millions to a non-American company for a product that has American-English
only as a 2nd and barely supported language?  In most of Europe LO/OOo has
around 20% of the market, in England it seems to be creeping up to around 1
or 2%.  

Why buy a product from a rival and pay hundreds of thousands to them in
licensing fees when for a fraction of the price you can pay a few of your
own devs to join in with something that removes the need?  That way
companies can target some developments to suit  specific needs they might
have from time-to-time while benefiting from the development work done by
other devs working for different companies

Unfortunately while MS dominates the market, documents produced using MSO
2010 do not always display properly in MSO 2007 and only work at all in
earlier versions if you get the extra plugin.  So, people are being pushed
into buying their latest product just before the newer MSO 2013 (or whatever
they are going to call it) gets released and then they will soon have to
re-purchase to keep up.  There even appears to be a note from MS that users
need to upgrade to the latest MS OS as documents produced in the same
version of MSO will look different on Xp from Win7 and different again on

I am not in the development team but i get the impression the LO devs work
through OOo bugs as well as the LO ones.  LibreOffice has absorbed other
projects that had originally forked from OOo due to Sun not incorporating
all the required bug-fixes and developments from other companies or

If MS are not careful then the interoperability argument is going to
increasingly favour non-MS products as we all use the OpenDocument Format as
a native format while also trying to support the various MS formats that are
all called the same name as each other but operate differently.   
Regards from
Tom :)

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