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I should be following this tread more closely.  But does anyone have links
to any M$ sites
that spell out the details of the "rentals"?  Also, what happens to people
using older versions
of office (like officeXP, etc).  Will they roll forward into this pricing
model?  When does this
take affect?

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On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 4:41 AM, Gordon Burgess-Parker <>wrote:

On 02/10/12 19:38, 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.

 Absolutely agree. Most of the "functionality" that MS has added to
Office 2007/2010 has been geared towards the corporate collaborative user,
which certainly in my experience (and I have to say my last corporate job
was over ten years ago so the playing field may well have changed in this
respect) wasn't a key factor in usage, and certainly has never been in the
SOHO sector.
I believe that Office 2013 is even more aimed at "cloud" and
"collaborative" usage - although it's highly probable that I shan't ever
find out!
One of the problems that I've come across is that my daughter uses LO and
"sends as" MS Office 97-2003 documents when emailing. It appears that her
recipients get gobbledy-gook so I need to find out what's happening there
because that shouldn't happen.
IMHO LO is every bit as good as MS Office 97, but then that wasn't a
particularly good iteration of MS Office! I think the aim should be to
match Office 2003, which still seems to be the current standard by which
Office suites are measured. (The very large international company my Wife
works for are still on 2003......)


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