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Old 07-15-10, 01:39 PM   #13
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I tried to use open office once. Uninstall-ed it about 5 minutes later.
That doesn't surprise me in the slightest but if people want to pay for MS Office to write letters then fine. Go waste your money.
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Old 07-15-10, 02:32 PM   #14
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I think on balance MS Office is a better App, if you own a business and are able to use the huge range of features it has to offer. 99% of people dont even know how to use 30% of it.

On the other hand, if like Sean you dont want to through money away to the bespeckled Gates
then Open office is a winner for the rest of us.
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Old 07-15-10, 02:38 PM   #15
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MS Office is good, I'm just saying if you don't need to rely on it for a full business, then it's just a waste of money.

If you just want to write letters, a C.V or stuff like that, OpenOffice is for you. I couldn't tell you what it's like for mission critical business work. My C.V was done professionally in MS Office by people and renders just fine in OpenOffice.
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Old 07-15-10, 02:40 PM   #16
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To be honest, I only use Office for Powerpoint and sometimes for calculations in Excel.

I use LaTeX for all my papers. It's much better looking and the formatting is much easier.
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Old 07-15-10, 04:31 PM   #17
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MS Office is good, I'm just saying if you don't need to rely on it for a full business, then it's just a waste of money.

If you just want to write letters, a C.V or stuff like that, OpenOffice wordpad is for you. I couldn't tell you what it's like for mission critical business work. My C.V was done professionally in MS Office by people and renders just fine in OpenOffice.
I've tried Open Office a few times and it just has never worked well. It is painfully slow to load compared to word and it has issues converting documents back and forth. It would be okay if you only used their proprietary files, but if you use MS files with Open Office it can screw up the formatting.
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Old 07-15-10, 05:12 PM   #18
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Wordpad, lol. OpenOffice 3.2 cold starts in about 3-4 seconds here. Microsoft's own format is closed, ODF is actually an open format.
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Old 07-15-10, 05:49 PM   #19
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Office 2000 FTW
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^ lols are rage
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Old 07-16-10, 07:38 AM   #21
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If MS did one thing right, it was Office.
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Old 08-17-10, 06:06 AM   #22
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these days ms office is user friendly i wl prefer for ms office
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Old 08-20-10, 06:30 PM   #23
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I used OpenOffice v2-3 for over 2 years quite successfully. During that time I frequently exchanged MS Word documents with friends or work, that is to say I loaded, edited and saved .doc files, often with change tracking enabled. The experience was good but not great. I currently have MS Word 2003 and 2010 licenses for kids education and work and I'd have to admit the MS offering is superior. I still keep OO installed as it has better compatibility with very old Word and PowerPoint docs than MS does. I would definitely recommend OO for people who want to save money and use legitimate software.
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Old 08-20-10, 08:38 PM   #24
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Do you guys hate office '07/'10 ? Both blow '03 out of the water, especially '10. I would probably shoot myself if forced to use '03 all the time.
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