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On 03/10/2012 at 20:23, Doug <> wrote:

I guess I don't understand something here. Almost 20 years ago, I wrote 
user manuals for equipment I designed, and had the software
engineer modify them as required for the user programming requirements. 
(This was for burglar-alarm systems.)  there was no problem
using the MS software that existed then--it would mark modifications 
with red underlines or something similar.  I'd just send the copy over
the network to my software person, and she would do whatever was 
necessary, and send the copy back for me to check it and release it.
No special "collaboration" software, but we certainly collaborated. 
What's the big deal?

Have you ever tried to do the same with larger group of recipients, say 6 

I tried. Some time ago we were writing rather large research report. Each 
member of team (5 or 6 people) wrote his part, then we pasted it all together 
and did proofreading. Each member received a copy, marked his changes and sent 
it back to me. Merging these changes together on ≈170 pages document was the 
most painful experience I have ever had with any office suite. 

In such scenarios - and they are not uncommon in larger businesses - anything 
that eases collaboration of >2 people is a bless.

I think that Microsoft Office has real advantage here. Team members are just 
using Word, without need of gaining any new skills/knowledge. But if it was up 
to me, I would teach team members to use private wiki or LaTeX + git. I trust 
these tools more than I trust Microsoft or Google.
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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