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On 12/14/2012 04:39 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
Jay, I agree.

There are two kinds of compatibility for Windows 8.

First, desktop compatibility is essentially the same as for Windows 7.  There is more room for 
gradual upgrade to integrate more smoothly, including on x64 machines with Atom processors, 
solid-state drives, and storage in the cloud.  I think UX features will also adjust and improve, 
but that will be relatively gradual.

The second kind of compatibility is determined by whether or not an application is distributed via 
the Windows Store.  As far as I know, that's reserved for MX applications that run on either 
Windows 8 or Windows RT.  I also believe that is the only way a consumer can obtain MX applications 
that they didn't write themselves.  (There are apparently ways for Enterprises to create something 
like their own stores.)

So yes, there are two levels of capability.  The productivity software such as LibreOffice is going 
to be running on the desktop for a long time.  There is a great deal to figure out to see how to 
deploy on MX successfully.  In a way, the same issues arise for Android and iOS as targets for the 
desktop productivity software that we've been relying upon.

  - Dennis

The problem then is properly explaining to Win8 users what they should expect in terms of compatibility. But even so, I fear a large number of users will not either pay attention to the vendor statements or be confused by the MS advertising and believe that all software will work with the new UI like the advertised apps. It probably will be a lesser problem with FOSS projects because a higher portion of the user base is more technically astute. If we are having this discussion then the majority of users will be confused by this issue. The scenario, IMHO, is who will the user blame: MS or the software vendor?

IMHO, I think the compatibility definition is caused by MS being schizophrenic with the OS and trying to make work on tablets/phones and desktops the same way.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Lozier []
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2012 12:04
Subject: Re: Windows 8 Compatibility (was RE: [libreoffice-users] Re: 0xc0000005 error in 
RPCRT4.dll from soffice.bin)

On 12/14/2012 02:37 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
There is a difference between what the OS provides when running on the Windows 8 desktop versus 
running an MX application.  So far, I've only seen OneNote MX on what's called the Metro (or 
Modern) interface.

The MX applications run full screen (or on the side) and the application has to be designed 
appropriately for it.  I'd be surprised if it is practical to do this with the current 
OpenOffice-descendant code bases, especially for Windows RT, the version for ARM processors.

I think extensive productivity applications will continue to run on the desktop side of Windows 8, 
at least when the computer keyboard and display form factors make that appealing.  Versions 
designed for touch usage and MX-style will work on smaller form factors, including phones, and 
depend on the multi-touch gestures more.

LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and Microsoft Office 2013 are desktop applications and benefit from what the OS 
provides without requiring application cooperation (apart from using the Windows APIs in ways that allows the 
OS personality to be extended to the application).  For some form of inputs, such as accepting 
"ink," the application has to cooperate. (Windows 8 also supports use of pen and stylus input.  The 
Windows 8 Surface comes with a stylus, but the Windows RT Surface does not.  But Windows 7 and the Windows XP 
Tablet PC editions from 2005 all support this form of input.)

Office 2007 does work with my Tablet PC's features, although I think it is essentially via OS provisions.  
There may be some accommodation for "ink" from the Tablet PC stylus, but I have not explored that 
beyond how it works with Office 2007 OneNote.

   - Dennis
It seems to me that Win8 compatibility is harder to pin down. Does it
mean that the software can function using the Metro/Modern/Whatever
interface and the traditional desktop or that it runs in Win8 using some
mode? IMHO this distinct will cause much confusion with people as to
what is meant. Truthfully, I am confused how to properly describe Win8
compatibility and I have been using computers for 30 years plus.
-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Davies []
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2012 10:44
To:; 'ubuysa';
Subject: Re: Windows 8 Compatibility (was RE: [libreoffice-users] Re: 0xc0000005 error in 
RPCRT4.dll from soffice.bin)

Hi :)
I suspect that "compatible" means that it will work but that gestures and other stuff may not work 
fully and reliably.  Does MSO 2007 support gestures?  I doubt it.  Some may work if the OS can access the 
relevant controls.  From the original question i got the impression the person meant more than just working 
adequately and really wanted to know if everything was fully integrated and fully working.  Hence why i said 
i doubt anything is properly fully Win8 ready.

The separate track-pad looks quite nice.  Not quite my cupp-tea although i like to play around with 
things like that for a while sometimes.  When i was working in an accountancy practice i would have 
quite like a separate number-pad but only if it had a Tab key, to jump into the net field without 
having to reach for the mouse.  The only ones i have seen are either thousands of pounds or miss 
crucial keys such as + and - let alone other useful ones such as Tab.
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Dennis E. Hamilton <>
To: 'Tom Davies' <>; 'ubuysa' <>;
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012, 16:55
Subject: Windows 8 Compatibility (was RE: [libreoffice-users] Re: 0xc0000005 error in RPCRT4.dll 
from soffice.bin)


What do you mean by "Win8 ready?"

Do you mean integration with multi-touch, the additional UI provisions, or what?

If you mean certified for Windows 8, it will depend on whether the requirements for that have been 
worked through.  I know of no reason why LibreOffice can't achieve that.  I don't know if it has 
been done.  I'd be very surprised if older versions of Office don't already satisfy the essential 

If you mean compatible with Windows 8, anything that is compatible with Windows 7 should work.

I just ran the Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor on my aging Tablet PC, running Windows XP SP3.  It turns 
out that I can't upgrade because the processor on that machine does not have hardware NX support, 
and Windows 8 requires it as part of the tighter security with which it operates.

However, on the review of software that needed to be upgraded or that is not supported, Office 2007 
was listed as Compatible.  In addition, on that particular machine, the Upgrade Advisor listed this 
software as compatible: 3.4.1
Apache Software Foundation

I'm confident, when I run the Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor where I have LibreOffice installed, I will 
see a similar encouraging result.

- Dennis

PS: You can purchase boxed Microsoft Office 2013.  It is very pricey.  Here, we'll be renting, 
since one single lease will cover all of our multiple household machines and provide all of the 
Office components used here.  It will be much easier to have the same version of Office on all 
systems going forward.  It was too expensive to do that before.

Some Personal Windows 8 Preparations:

Something else I'm doing to prepare cutting over full to Windows 8 (with older Windows and with 
Linux running in VMs for my document forensics work).  Logitech makes a Wireless Rechargeable 
Touchpad that provides multi-touch gestures and other features.  I am going to use it to replace my 
mouse on Windows 7 and also confirm it with Windows 8 ahead of fully upgrading to Windows 8:

On Windows 7, there are multi-touch gestures that can work to zoom, scroll, etc.

On Windows 8, additional touch features supported by the operating system will also work.  This allows 
me to keep my primary desktop system and its non-touch 30" monitor.

The touchpad should be superior to working with only a mouse and knowing all the keyboard shortcuts 
that make Windows 8 operable without touch (and useful, though, for accessibility and integration 
with assistive devices).  I expect that LibreOffice integration should be fine, the same as for 
Windows 7.  (I also have added Office 2013 Preview installed on Windows 8, but I haven't put it 
through its paces there.  I don't know if there are additional Windows 8 behaviors or if it also 
runs essentially the same as on Windows 7.)

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Davies []
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2012 05:00
To: ubuysa;
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: 0xc0000005 error in RPCRT4.dll from soffice.bin

Hi :)
Is anything Win8 ready?  MS Office 2010 and 2007 aren't.  With a new platform like that it usually 
takes a while for people to find work-arounds and even longer for the program to update to 
integrate better.  For MSO that will probably involve sitting out their newest version,  MSO 365 
and then buy their next one (or rent as i'm not sure you can pay a one-off fee and then keep using 
'forever' any more).
Regards from
Tom :)

From: ubuysa <>
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012, 9:22
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: 0xc0000005 error in RPCRT4.dll from soffice.bin


Thanks for your suggestion, I did do a Google search before posting on here
and none of the replies were terribly helpful.

I have found a temporary solution; setting compatibility mode for
swriter.exe to Windows 7 removes the problem completely. I'm now wondering
whether LO 3.6 is truly Windows 8 ready?

Thank you everyone for helping.

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