Open Office

Olaf Brugman has tried Open Office for 60 days and he’s not going back to Microsoft Office. Seems he’s happy with replacements for Word Excel and Powerpoint.

This is something I’m going to bear in mind when I’m next invited to upgrade. Especially as Microsoft expect me to buy a separate copy for my Tablet PC. [UPDATE: Apparently I got this wrong. Marc Orchant comments below that I can have 2 installs. Apologies.]

What might hold me back? Right now, I want to stick with Outlook. I love the way my Scoblephone synchs with Outlook and it doesn’t look like I can get that with Thunderbird. Not yet.

If/when that happens, I might feel free to leave MS Office behind.

By the way, it’s annoying that it’s easy to synch Outlook with my phone but a pain in the butt to synch it between PC and Tablet. I don’t feel like paying for a separate program to do it, on top of having to buy the program twice in the first place.

4 thoughts on “Open Office

  1. Chris Corrigan

    Hello Johnnie, when considering a migration to OpenOffice, it’s good to formulate your specific requirements regarding the software. If you are working multi-channel and want to synch between home PC, Tablet, and Phone, that’s something a OpenOffice won’t do for you. In fact, OpenOffice does not contain and email programme for strategic reasons, and it’s saving the suite a whole lot of interoperability efforts.

    Also, if you collaborate a lot with MS Office users on the same documents, you might not want to migrate, to avoid conversion problems. Also, if you have invested in macros, migration will take considerable effort, since OpenOffice does not convert Microsoft’s VBA macros.

    In my case, where I want to have a good working environment on my PC and do not have a tablet PC nor need to synch with a mobile phone, OpenOffice has everything I need. And mind you, the functions within the suite are quite advanced and a good match to Microsoft’s suite.

    By the way, the next interoperability wave is coming our way: in-car telematics underlying car navigation systems and in-car internet services will take a high flight in the years ahead of us. So it will become a requirement for many to integrate their smartphone or PDA with car navigation and their in-car internet connection. Microsoft is very active in this field. On the other hand, adhering strictly to open standards also creates lots of opportunities for seamless integration.

    Best wishes, Olaf.

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    Johnnie:

    I’ve gone back and forth. The Open Office suite is amazing and I will never buy Microsoft Office again. But as I already have Office installed on my desktop and Tablet, I’m keeping it for now.

    The main reason is that Open Office has a hard time with tables although this is better in the 2.0 build. Also, it’s a small pain to have to keep answering questions about possible data loss if I save OO files as MS files.

    Small quibbles I know, and for sure the next computer I buy will run OO.

    As for email, I’m a gmail man now. Superior spam filtering brought me over to that side and I don’t need to work about synching anything up. I used Thunderbird for about a year, but after I had a weird java corruption I couldn’t grok and lost all my mail, I decided I needed somthing simpler.

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  2. Marc Orchant

    Johnnie:

    One technical correction: the Office 2003 license allows you to install on two machines.

    Just so you know that.

    OO 2.0 looks really promising. I have a couple of friends set up with the current version that have lighter-weight requirements where compatibility isn’t such an issue and they’re quite fond of the alternative suite.

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