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First, if you opt to go this route, be prepared to spend the money to buy the software.

On 04/17/2014 11:14 AM, Jeffrey Deutsch wrote:

I'm thinking of applying for an online tutoring position at
However, they require that tutors (and applicants, for the mock tutoring
session) have Microsoft Word (2007 or later) itself -- they specifically
say that OpenOffice is not acceptable. I'd rather not spend $110 just to
get MS Word (or $140 for MS Office, or $10/month or $100/year to rent MS
Office) for this specific job, when OpenOffice/LibreOffice has worked just
fine for me for the past decade.

Does anyone here have any relevant experience (eg, does in
practice allow OpenOffice/LibreOffice, is it absolutely necessary to get MS
Word, do you know of similar online tutoring services that allow
OpenOffice/LibreOffice, etc)?

So you are wondering if anyone knows why they request this? Likely not here, but, I can say that even between different versions of MSO you may have different behavior and rendering of documents. If they provide macros, they will not likely work in AOO or LO correctly. If they have complicated documents, that could be a problem in slight things. I notice, for example, slight differences in rendering between LO/AOO and MSO with respect to tables and their exact size on the page.

You can always take the position, and, when you have a problematic document, drop the money.

Thank you in advance!

Jeff Deutsch
Speaker & Life Coach
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