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On 1/11/2011 3:10 PM, e-letter wrote:

Admittedly not using LO but the predecessor calc, recently realised
that if a spreadsheet is created using calc and saved in native ods
format, upon open using m$excel the formulas of a cell disappear to
leave only the total value? Yet if calc is used to create the same
spreadsheet and saved in m$excel 2007 (i.e. not xlsx but xls), formula
is retained?  For example:



Result (of sheet1a1=2 and sheet3a2=2) in xlsx:


in xls:


Presumably m$ is at fault, but is it correct to advise people to save
odf spreadsheets in a legacy m$ format in order to keep formulas,
instead of using ods???
For now, the most reliable formats for interoperability with Office users still seem to be the ones for XP (etc.). Versions of Office since 2007 SP2 have ODF "support" but it doesn't work well with other ODF implementations (especially, as you've found, for spreadsheets). The Sun (free) and Oracle (paid) plugins for Office work much better, but people usually can't/won't install them. The jury is still out on the relative quality of the legacy formats and OOXML (not ODF) formats exported by LibO.

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