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Old 07-13-10, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default OpenOffice vs. MS Office 2003

I've recently formatted to install Windows 7 and have gone about re-installing programs as needed. For productivity software, I was still using MS Office 2003. Rather than installing Office 2003 again, I was wondering if it would be a better idea to use OpenOffice instead. On paper it seems like a good idea considering how outdated Office 2003 is.

I do a lot of typing, mostly legal documents, but that's about it so I'm not too concerned about lost features. I am, however, worried about file formats and compatibility (i.e. opening Word files and saving files as *.docx files).

Any advice or general thoughts on OpenOffice would be appreciated!
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Old 07-13-10, 02:38 PM   #2
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OpenOffice is great if you have zero money. I find that while it is technically adequate, it has less than stellar performance. I think that the applications just feels "heavy" and isn't very responsive. If I had a choice, I would use Office 2003 over OpenOffice.

I highly recommend Office 2010 if you can find it cheap.
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Old 07-13-10, 02:43 PM   #3
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With the 07 compatibility pack (to support .***x files), I would stick with Office 03. Like Q said, OpenOffice works, but MS Office still has better performance.
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Old 07-13-10, 03:01 PM   #4
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OpenOffice does have good compatibility. I've opened template C.V's in .doc format and they render just fine.

OpenOffice should do you and 3.2 is a good improvement.
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Old 07-13-10, 03:37 PM   #5
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I use Open office exclusively. With today's CPU and RAM. It doesn't feel as bloated as it once was. Just keep it up to date.
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I haven't tried any recent builds of OpenOffice so I guess my opinion might be highly outdated but I had found that OpenOffice was just missing key features that even some of the oldest versions of Office had, especially with respect to spreadsheets. As outdated as you think 2003 is I still find it far better.
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i feel that office 07 is better then 10
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Old 07-13-10, 10:06 PM   #8
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I haven't tried any recent builds of OpenOffice so I guess my opinion might be highly outdated but I had found that OpenOffice was just missing key features that even some of the oldest versions of Office had, especially with respect to spreadsheets. As outdated as you think 2003 is I still find it far better.
not much has changed. using openoffice would feel like a punishment.
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Old 07-14-10, 04:35 AM   #9
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The fact that OpenOffice relies heavily on Java is reason enough not to use it. If you still have a copy of MS Office 2003, and it works on Win 7, use that. I had no idea there was a compatibility pack that could open Office 2007 files. I'll have to grab that and install it on my parents' machine, as they still use 2003.
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Old 07-14-10, 04:55 AM   #10
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Thanks for the advice guys, I'll stick with Office 2003 then, for now. And yeah, the compatibility pack is a very nice update to Office 2003. Works quite well too!
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Old 07-14-10, 02:13 PM   #11
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The fact that OpenOffice relies heavily on Java is reason enough not to use it. If you still have a copy of MS Office 2003, and it works on Win 7, use that. I had no idea there was a compatibility pack that could open Office 2007 files. I'll have to grab that and install it on my parents' machine, as they still use 2003.
Here you go sat:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/pr...686761033.aspx
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I tried to use open office once. Uninstall-ed it about 5 minutes later.
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