Originally Posted by Relevant Wing
Honestly, most corps are just moving to 2007, but some are skipping it and moving to 2010. The Docx forat is not the problem, Installing a simple converter to Office Xp or 2003 allows access to the new formats.
DOCX is certainly a major problem for big corporations. Converters do not cut it, expecially when they would need to be operated by IT. DOCX is not accepted in Europe, so importer/exporters can't use it. Firms (like law offices) with tens or hundreds of thousands of documents can't use it, because converting these files is a very big budgetary deal. There are utilities that purport to automate these tasks, but someone would still be required to review each and every document, and make corrections, etc.
Some small mom & pop would probably have no problem, but once a place has thousands of workers, it becomes a living nightmare. This, especially when DOCX has very real problems with correct rendering, has not been adopted across the board, may be banned by corporate edicts, etc. There is no reason for MS to even have bothered with DOCX - it is a poo format that they made to allow documents to be turned into "web pages" - which is not the goal of most business users. Most business users want to create printer compatible output, and have to do that while following corporate policies - and since DOCX fails to format correctly, and MS admits to this fact that the files may not render in the same manner even on equally prepared workstations - it's a bust.
Not to mention the fact that something like Office 2010 really brings nothing to the table. Corporates have to look as factors, like the cost of retraining an entire staff, the cost of document conversions, the cost of a spike in IT service requests, etc. It's not like the home user, where this stuff is easy-peasy; this is a nightmare multipled by thousands in large firms. Not to mention the large costs of converting, in the light of the lack of any real advantages in converting.
This is like XP - the conversion to XP is disruptive enough; and in my case, where they are already XP, they are talking going to Win7, which will really suck up a huge amount of effort in testing software, retraining, etc...