I have a lady who use to send out "complex" .docx files, via email, to
people in a transportation advisory group. I had a long "talk" with
her, via emails, about the "incompatibilities" of MSO with their older
versions. Now, most times, she sends the documents that are not to be
edited as PDF files. The others she remembers about half of the time to
send the files out as .doc instead of .docx.
She has changed jobs, promotion [sort of], to the department that
oversees the company that she worked for. That department is part of
the "County" government administration. I have been trying, on and off,
to get the County to use LO in some of their areas of agency support
that would be perfect for LO as a MSO replacement even using MSO
document formats. I am working on the idea of saving money on their budget.
So the issue of the incompatibilities between various versions of MSO is
part of the problem with buying new MSO packages, or "renting them". If
I could get them to stick with an earlier version of the .docx file
format or the .doc format, then that would solve some of their problems
and would make LO perfect for some of their system needs/usage. They
oversee several community computer centers. So getting the County on
board will make it easier to get LO into some of the region's computer
On 11/21/2013 08:12 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Backwards incompatibilities are fairly understandable. New features
added between 2007 and 2013 are unlikely to be able to be seen in
2007. That kinda makes sense to me.
What doesn't make sense is how often files created using MS Office
2007 run into trouble in newer versions of MS Office, such as 2010
(I've managed to avoid 2013 and 365 so far!). One of my clients was
running into so many problems with his new laptop's MSO 2013 failure
to handle files given to him by 2010 users that he finally allowed me
to install LibreOffice so that i can send him Odts.
On 21 November 2013 15:21, Joel Madero <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
On 11/21/2013 06:17 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Yes, "Save As..." to "Microsoft Office 98/2000/Xp" (or something like
that, just not anything more recent than 2003).
Just to continue off of previous statements - Microsoft changes the .docx
and .xlsx format so frequently that I've heard that people using 2007 (which
supports the x format) can have a nightmare of a time with 2013 files (using
the "same" x format). I really don't understand how their formats continue
to be dominant despite this reality along with the fact that the true
international standard is the open standard used by almost every other
office suite - pretty ridiculous.
But for an immediate solution, .doc and .xls aren't changing any longer and
our support is *relatively* good.
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