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The move was announced by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude yesterday, who said the adoption of ODF will boost collaboration between government workers and third parties as they will no longer require specialist software to open or work on official documents.

Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/public-sector/22759/microsoft-questions-uk-governments-odf-adoption-pledge#ixzz390gr8Knp

ie, AFAIK. LibreOffice will be 'it', as opposed to Microsoft Office.

The Government of Britain is switching to .ODF as opposed to .doc / .docx as the nominal format for exchanging documents within the government.

I think this is good news for Linux proponents/enthusiasts - in the respect that it should add some more support to development. thumb.gif
Edited by Grim - 8/4/14 at 9:34am
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Originally Posted by Grim View Post

ie, AFAIK. OpenOffice will be 'it', as opposed to Microsoft Office.

No one should be using OpenOffice anymore. The project has died several times and only recently got back together for an update after Apache took over. LibreOffice is where all the development is at, forked from OpenOffice back when it died the first time by the hands of none other than Sun and Oracle. And while I have more faith that Apache will not let it go the same way it did with the previous developers, I would trust LibreOffice more so.

Also, a number of countries and individual cities have adopted Linux in the last year or so now for Government and Educational use. It'll still take a large hop to make it to the consumer level where we would ideally like it to be.
Edited by Shrak - 7/30/14 at 8:03pm
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Love to have open source office but sadly, a lot of business are sticking with MS Office due they fear conflict and incompatibility to existing documents. Time is money...

 
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This can be big in the long term for LibreOffice adoption and support. Microsoft Office supports ODF so that will be the dominant player still for a long time but in the long run things will change. The game here is in the long term businesses here and there cutting cost by testing LibreOffice and then possibly moving over to it. It's like all those various cities in Germany and India that have been switching to their own Linux flavors so they aren't dependent on a Microsoft paid update cycle.

Another thing here is now that it is the format for the UK, I can see Google Docs supporting ODF again and just like most productivity software, the free alternative is more than enough for most so anything that lessens the dependencies on Microsoft Office comparabilities will mean a quicker switch for people that need basic word processing and basic stuff like graphing data for school. Elementary through high school generally you don't need tools as powerful and expensive as Microsoft Office. Most classes in college don't need those. Professionals will take a longer time to make any kind of transition but they are the minority while most people can save a hundred bucks skipping a Microsoft Office license.

What of OneDrive editing of documents? Problem is even though Microsoft Office apps are available on Android and IOS, they aren't the default app so dependence on Microsofts OOXML compatibility will weaken since opening ODF files in LibreOffice work perfectly and paying for Office or 365 or using OneDrive won't be seen as essential since people are now growing less and less dependent on OOXML files. Android, IOS, and the web browser with Google Docs have done a lot to show most people that they don't need to shell out money to use an office suite for their basic needs.
Edited by KingGreasy - 7/30/14 at 9:04pm
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Nowhere does it state they are giving up Microsoft Office. It says the are switching to .ODF file extension, which Microsoft Office supports.

You're high if you think Open Office, or LibreOffice will ever come near Microsoft Offices domination.
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I think this is good news for Linux proponents/enthusiasts

You just made BSD users so mad.

All 2 of them.
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You're high if you think Open Office, or LibreOffice will ever come near Microsoft Offices domination.

The way Office 365 moves, MS will be the one to destroy MS Office reputation and usability.
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And efficiency drops even further, while spelling errors rise due to the terrible dictionary support.

At least use LibreOffice.
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Love to have open source office but sadly, a lot of business are sticking with MS Office due they fear conflict and incompatibility to existing documents. Time is money...

Microsoft Office is hardly a champion for compatibility.
    
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