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On Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:43:09 +0000
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The original question asked whether LO is compatible with m$, hence
the reciprocal question as the answer.

It is not known why the original poster (HB) asked this (silly)
question: ...

I don't think the OP's original question silly.  I think he or she
wanted to know if LibréOffice's support for MS Office formats was
compatible with those of MS Office's.

A reasonable question, in my view.  The poor guy or gal, rather than
getting an answer to his or her question, instead ran into a buzz saw
of anti-proprietary-formats sentiment, criticisms of Microsoft's
behaviour and arguments about LO's implementation of non-standard

So, to answer the OP's original question (at least as I believe it to
have meant): "Kind of more-or-less."  Probably more more than
less :).  I use the LibréOffice suite *exclusively*, and encounter few
problems with the documents generated by my MS-Office-using

    In fact: The only problem I've run into recently was attempting
    to export an MS Word document into PDF.  LibréOffice Writer
    mangled the output.  I had to resort to MS Office on my company
    laptop, booted into MS-Windows, accomplish the task.

My experience is limited to .doc/.docx and .xls/.xlsx files.  I do no
PowerPoint (tho I did once do a presentation in LO's native
presentation format), nor do I use the database application (Base).

Is Draw able to read/write Visio files?  Never even thought about
that.  I don't do much of that kind of thing, either.

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