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       Gordon, you're correct, but trying to convince many - especially
businesses - of this logic, can be next to impossible  ;-)

       For some reason, the training is done on MSFT machines with MSFT
programs and the idea of change is scary even if this change will protect
their machines from these hackers ...; and sending the documents can be
done in various formats to suit the receiver.

       The only thing I do after clicking on to send to another format, is
to check to see if all is as I had prepared; I've found that documents
transfer well but the timing in Impress files is off - this takes merely a
moment to fix.

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 2:57 AM, Gordon Burgess-Parker <>wrote:

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

 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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