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On 08/07/2012 08:24 PM, rob wood wrote:
>From my experience of working in the IT department of a very large college
with over 10 000 computers, it has nothing to do with functionality. 99.9%
of employees use office to type letters and send emails. For the .1% that
would use advanced features, policy probably disallows them anyway. Plus,
it is fairly trivial to have different images for those that need/want them.

The reason they don't migrate is because it would create more work for the
IT department, it is that simple. Plus there is no benefit as far as the IT
department is concerned. Office 2003 works, and whoever approves the budget
is just going to accept however much is put in there for it, that is if it
is actually a separate item and not bundled in with the other microsoft

Office = safe.
LO = risky + more work.
I would second that most users do not use advanced features of any the MSO parts. Very few can actually program/write a macro and macro execution should normally be turned off for security reasons.

The reasons for not updating MSO version or using another office suite (LO, AOO, etc) are roll out costs, roll out time, inertia (no real business reason to change), and perceptions about users finding the new suite difficult to use.

On 8 August 2012 00:11, Steve Morris <> wrote:

Just my 2 cents worth. Businesses with a heavy investment in office can't
migrate to LO, as LO is not a functional replacement for office 2002, let
alone 2010. A lot of business functionality that is used from day to day
and is critical to the organisation in order for their various business
units to operate, from say excel, that libreoffice does not provide, even
in 3.6, and features that excel allows that Calc disallows (as far as I can
see for no good reason). Another reason for not migrating is also the steep
learning curve, both with front end functionality and macros, that business
cannot afford to undertake due to the loss of time and resources.


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