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Well I think for easier migration it would be nicer to have the best compartibility with MS formats because:

Many companies may have a HUGE amount of documents so it would cost effective to buy a MS licence instead of spending time to convert all these files into odf and free formats.

On 13/08/2013 08:53 μμ, Girvin R. Herr wrote:

On 08/13/2013 05:27 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
It's quite likely. A bug-report is a good idea. An example file might help.

Btw i assume your MSO users have stuck with some ancient version of MSO, such as 2007 or something? I think the compatibility with 2013 is better and that is likely to create problems with compatibility with older versions of MSO.
This implication concerns me! If LO is going to drop .doc as a standard, then my advice to others to use .doc instead of .docx as a common interchange standard is in jeopardy. I hope LO never drops .doc as a standard. That said, I had to open a .docx form I received the other week and LO opened it fine, with the exception of the usual font size problems that ran text off the right margin. That was easily fixed by changing the font size.
Girvin Herr

Are you sure it's .Doc rather than .DocX that is causing the problem? Most MSO users have no idea how to save in anything other than DocX so it's FAR more likely they are sending you DocX files and not even realising it or even believing they are sending Doc because they just don't really know what they are using and just jumping on the last name they vaguely recognise. Windows tries to hide the endings so they really don't know what they are using most of the time.

Doc itself is being deprecated in order to push people into using the newer DocX and thus forcing people to buy newer versions of MSO even if it's to do exactly the same work that MSO 2003 and earlier could do.
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Rogier F. van Vlissingen <>
Sent: Tuesday, 13 August 2013, 12:27
Subject: [libreoffice-users] MS file compatibility in 4.0+ - comments in .doc

Ever since 4.0 I have had increasing problems with file compatibility with

Currently I am working on a project with MSO users and when I open a .doc which contains any comments, what happens is the last character BEFORE the comment anchor is reduced in font size, and therefore when you delete the
comment, you now have to go into the text to fix the font size.

Anyone had the same? I think it's time for a bug report.

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