Originally Posted by xlink
I wish the industry would just adopt open office.
it works on every platform.
it's power point clone could use some work but everything else is fine.
Bah. MS Office is superior in practically every way to the open source alternatives. Let me spell it out for everyone:
1. Who cares if Open Office runs on every platform...the non-Windows platforms in the business world are an insignificant speck of the market space. To be truly interoperable in the business world, your documents must be MS Office compliant.
2. Furthermore, that insignificant speck knows this. That's why Open Office et. al. reads and writes MS Office file formats. If they didn't, absolutely no one would use them because they could not share their documents with anyone
3. Open Office offers only half the products you get with MS Office. Where's the parallel version of OneNote, one of my favorite and most-used Office tools? Where's Outlook? InfoPath? Groove? Publisher? I'm sure there are oss alternatives to these products out there, but I don't see them on Open Office's web site as part of their product.
4. Integration with the corporate network: Those of you who hawk the oss solutions must not have had the pleasure of working within a fully integrated MS backoffice environment. When your network is running Exchange, and MOSS (Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services), and OCS (Office Communication Server)...the seamless and transparent integration of all your toolsets is just beyond belief. It is a true productivity enhancer, which in the business world easily justifies any cost associated with the products.
5. And finally, third party support. So many third-party business products, such as Acrobat Pro or any respectable reporting/business intelligence client, seamlessly integrates with MS Office. They just become a toolbar in the software. I'm sure some of these are taking the time to work with Open Office too, I wouldn't be surprised if Acrobat does. But all of them
target MS Office first, and many (if not most) if them will never target Open Office. I know for a fact that the two reporting clients I support only work with MS Office, for example.
I'm sure I could think of more, but I think I've made my point. For the individual users who have accepted oss religion and can find Open Office and its ilk to be all they need for their own personal use, honest kudos to you. But please, stop trying to make out as if Open Office can come within a counrty mile of MS Office in the business world.