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On 08/08/12 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,

IMHO that's not true

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).

Having worked for 20-odd years as a Management/Systems accountant in many varieties and sizes of organisations ranging from one-man band traders to medium/large PLCs I have never seen any business use Office in that manner. Usually Excel is used to interpret data extracted from an Accounting/CRM/ERM database, which Calc can do perfectly well. Word is used mostly for typing letters - complex documents are few and far between. Presentations can be produced equally well using PowerPoint or Impress.

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.

Given my experience as above, most businesses I worked in didn't use macros at all. In fact in some they were deliberately disabled as a security risk.

As to the "learning curve" - there's a far smaller learning curve migrating from MS Office 2003 and prior to LO than there is migrating to Office 2007/2010 - so that doesn't stack up either.

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