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On 11/20/2012 09:12 AM, P.J. Koeleman. wrote:

In reply to your E-mail from 20-11-2012, 14:05 with subject "[libreoffice-users] Re: OpenOffice to be 
dumped in Freiburg ?".

V> MS must use several different methods of pushing its Office. My Sony laptop
V> came with Win7 and a "Starter" version of Office. I have a stripped down
V> version of Word and Excel. Many advanced functions are missing and I have
V> banner ad reminders to buy the full version, but the software doesn't seem
V> to be "time bombed." I've had it for two years now and it still works.
Just a thought of an average user.

Microsoft is forced by the European community to give user the choice
what browser they want to use (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari ...).
Microsoft even got a penalty for refusing it.

It would be a nice option, if a buyer of a computer can select as well
which office suite he want to use. Let say MSO, OO or LO.
This could increase the number off users using LibreOffice. To reach
this goal TDF needs to start a lobby in Brussels.


Piet Jan Koeleman.

IMHO Europe will probably finally force the issue with full ODF compatibility with MS. MS has annoyed many with their monopolistic tactics.

A marketing problem for MS is as long as the MSO formats are supported/readable by the current MSO and other suites (LO/AOO) many will not need the newest version. Truthfully the market has matured enough for office suites that improvements are incremental not fundamental. I can remember when spelling and grammar checkers were added - that was a big deal. That improvement was enough to get anyone's attention. It was such a valuable addition to the usefulness of the suite that people would get the newest version. But the last versions of any office suite have been incremental improvements, bug fixes, etc. that are important but may not really impact a specific user. Thus the older version is still perfectly adequate. In the case of MSO I not sure I have used any of the new features added since MSO 2000 in any version of MSO I have used. The market growth for MS is much slower because for many there is no major reason to upgrade for many unless forced to by lack of support of either the file format or the software itself.

Jay Lozier

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