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There's one thing that you are not taking into account.  IT departments
have an entrenched interest in continuing to use MS software.  Many of
those in IT who make these decisions make their living from hand holding
users of MS malware.  There is a serious case of conflict of interests.
 It does not matter how well you document your case.  They don't want to
be confused with the facts because their minds are already made up.

I had a friend who ran a small computer shop.  I asked him why he didn't
use Linux on the systems he built.  His reply was that he would starve
if he did that because he depended on his customer's returning to him to
fix the ever present problems with MS Windows and MS software such as
data corruption, file system pollution with endless dll and temp files,
viruses, file segmentation, accumulated registry errors, etc...

On 06/02/15 17:43, Rob Pearson wrote:
Tom,  (you probably know this but for the benefit of others... ) in many
cases it is not that a business wants to stick with Microsoft systems
with their forever changing quirky proprietary file formats and obscure
changing licensing.   I recommend that you or others do as follows:

Write a proposal that identifies and details these long-standing
problems that everyone is already aware of,  and propose the the
solution that you will co-ordinate it.   Also state that irrespective of
a decision being made on this, that LibreOffice can be installed with
immediate effect as the default for ODF files.

Example of a proposal:

Example of installing LibreOffice in tandem with another office suite:

Before you do this, you could provide an IT Disaster Recovery plan, that
mentions the risks you already face, including your risks and issues of
being locked in to a single vendor.


On 03/06/15 4:53 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
My work-place is determined to use Microsoft even in cases where a
competing product is significantly better at the main task a program is
beign used for.  For example Outlook (not the 365 one) for calendars and
room bookings rather than something that can be read outside the office.
The only time they are interested is after a better system has been
and they can see it running - ie a bit too late to charge them for the
of setting it up!

My managers and some colleagues still deny that they have problems due to
incompatibility (despite buying the same products that are being used by
other organisations) - and then make a big fuss about "having to Pdf it"
and about how Pdfs (from MSO) are almost invariably being blurry (unlike
ones done in LO)
Regards from
Tom :)

On 2 June 2015 at 15:18, message <> wrote:


UK government proceeds with strategic support of open standards.
at local and departmental level, proprietary format continue use due to
managerial inertia. It's up to taxpayers...

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