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On 09/08/12 01:28, Anthony Easthope wrote:
When at home it is a case of using LO but when at work and school it is
a matter of using Mo as that is what everybody else uses.
You have to consider WHY "everybody" uses it (and that's a bit of a generalisation anyway...) In the dim distant past when the default Spreadsheet suite WASN'T Excel but was Lotus 123, MS began giving away free unrestricted copies of MS Office with their server software. That gave them a dominant position in the market, even though many users considered that Excel was inferior to Lotus (and even today there are those who still say that) and that WordPerfect was superior to Word. It's like the Betamax/VHS argument. Thus MS Office became the "norm" purely because no organisation is going to look a freebie in the mouth are they, even if it isn't quite up to scratch.

Now, with the increasing use of LO, particularly by home users, what are MS doing? Giving away freebies yet again. Most new computers come with a trial version of Office 2010 - if you don't want to buy it, at the end of the trial it converts to a crippled adware version of Excel and Word. The User doesn't know any better and that does all that they need so why bother looking for any alternative?

I remember being taught as a 5 year old to use MO 2003

Really? Is that a typo? That would make you a maximum of 14 years old! ;-)

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