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I am not sure the writer knows what they are talking about. One can describe office suites, whether local or cloud, as light, medium, and heavy. The light ones (Abiword) try to cover the major functionality required by users for modest documents but deliberately omit features many features. Light applications are often best suited for home and very small office users. Medium have more features but try to avoid having the very rare features that only a very few users will ever need or use. I think LO and AOO strive to be here, relatively feature rich without the many of the very rarely used features. Medium applications try to hit the sweet of excellent performance with a fairly rich feature set. Medium applications can be used by a large majority of users. Heavy applications have all the features included even if this sometimes hurts overall usability and performance. MS Office is best known heavy office suite.

Also, some writers tend to shill for MS and will not admit that users are in the best position to judge their needs and often a non-MS solution is the overall best solution.

On 03/12/2014 09:34 AM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:

Is Office 365 worth spending 3x more than on Google Apps?

Summary: Office 365 is three times the cost of Google Apps. It's worth it -- but probably not for the reason you expect...

By Matt Baxter-Reynolds



Office's competition has always been products that have tried to emulate Office's enormous bulk -- think LibreOffice in particular. Google Docs doesn't try to do that at all. It's a very minimal product.

We know that Office is enormous. There is nothing that the entire product suite can't do. People often complain about it's labyrinthine complexity. Another way to look at that is that Microsoft has actually done a skilled job in masking that complexity. There's enough in there to drive even the most ardent power user crazy.


Here is my question - are we trying to emulate MSO's "enormous bulk" [of options]? I hope it is not though of as the bulk of hard drive space needed to install MSO vs. LO.

I know that LO will not spend money on the server costs for a "cloud" based version of LO hosted by LO, but it was an interesting read that may be reflected into the development of LO for Android devices.

Jay Lozier

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