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On 10/31/2015 10:50 AM, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 26.10.2015 um 17:04 schrieb p.a.2k9:
Before I decide to download your software I wanted to check on its compatibility with other 
providers ie microsoft office, word, excel as I use those at work but need to do work at home 
sometimes using sheets already created in microsoft.



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Being _in_compatible is one of the most important parts of the Microsoft
business model and they do a very good job making compatibility as
difficult as possible. In the end the "ordinary end user"(tm) will
always blame the vendor of the other software but not Microsoft.
Breaking this business model by a free and open and simplier document
standard is the one and only reason why LibreOffice exists.
"Compatibility" with foreign document formats allows you to convert
documents and templates to the open standard but it is not intended that
you keep on working with Microsoft documents while using another
software although this may work to a certain degree. The real trouble
starts when a crashed foreign document can't be restored and you don't
have your own backup of the file.

Regarding "compatibility" with Microsoft document formats, only MS
software can open these formats almost perfectly. In rare cases there
are incompatibilities with recent MS Office versions opening documents
from the 90ies. Documents from the 80ies are lost until you find some
converter to extract the written text at least. Some doc/xls files that
can't be opened with MS Office open fine with LibreOffice.
Second best choice regarding MS document formats is
Third best is LibreOffice.
Recent versions of MS Office claim to support LibreOffice's ODF (Open
Document Format) which is a good thing.

- "ordinary end user"(tm) People will trademark anything these days. What's next? "the water is blue" or "the sun rises in the east"? - Never heard of this product. Plus I am not interested in buying another office suite that needs to be bought over again, and again, to keep it up-to-date. - MS Office claim to support LibreOffice's ODF LibreOffice does not own the rights to ODF formats, but it uses THE International Standard format[s] that is the Open Document Format. As I understand it, MS Office does not support it fully with its newer versions. MS wanted their OOXML open format to be the ISO format, but ODF was chosen instead. Last time I heard anything about it, MS does not even support their proposed open OOXML standard when they proposed it to the "commission". LibreOffice has supported ODF since LiberOffice's first office suite version. - crashed foreign document can't be restore First, what is a "foreign document". Second, I have crashed a few documents from some Windows problems and LibreOffice seems to restore these documents properly. - Breaking this business model by a free and open and simplier document standard is the one and only reason why LibreOffice exists.

I do not agree with this. LibreOffice, for me, was a great way to have a very good replacement for MS Office, on computers that do not run Windows or for those who just got tired [and could not afford] buying new versions of MS Office all the time. Why don't you try that "only reason" bull on all of the European users, businesses, and government agencies, that have dropped MS Office in favor of LibreOffice. They will give you answers to you that I will not repeat here, since it would take many pages to state them all, but I agree with some of their reasons.

Another reason is the fact that I find LibreOffice easier to use than the newest version of MS Office's trial versions, since I cannot afford to buy it.

Also, I do not think ODF is a simpler document format. It can create/save documents in a much more complex design than I will ever use myself. Being "open source", there are people in the community that are looking for ways to improve the way ODF does it job and ways to add more formatting options to ODF so it will continue to give the software designers more formatting options for their users.

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