On 10/02/2012 02:38 PM, Tim Deaton wrote:
I don't think we need to remove existing features. But I DO think we
need to focus on the "90% of average users". Basically, I think LO
should be making sure it can do everything that MS Office 97
(15-year-old software) could do, and do it just as well and just as
easily. If LO could do THAT, it would eat Microsoft's lunch.
-- Tim Deaton
+1 on focus. We often forget that average user only uses part of the
features available MSO of LO. The problem is that how of the features
are used by the average user. Is it 50%, or 80% or some other fraction
but with each user typical using about 20 - 30 % of the features.
This may be wrong list. Does anyone know which features are extensively
used and which ones users want? And then compare the two with features
of various MSO versions.
My suspicion is that most people do not use new features found in MSO
2007 and later. I am not sure about 97, 2000, or XP. Personally, I doubt
I use any feature found in a version later than XP and possibly even
earlier. In fact the only feature that would be absolute show stopper
for me is handling MSO/MSOX formats. I have to open and files to others
using MSO(X) formats regularly and LO has been excellent at handling
them for me.
From the comments on the list, the weakest part of LO is Base. However,
my observation is most people find learning any true database daunting
and thus do not learn how to use any database. Compounding this is the
fact many MSO packages do not include Access. Many thus use a
spreadsheet as a poor man's substitute for a proper database.
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