From: NoOp [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 1:42 AM
Subject: [tdf-discuss] Re: OpenOffice dead and burried?
On 05/19/2011 11:03 AM, Andras Timar wrote:
2011/5/19 plino <email@example.com>:
Then I think it's time to create a proper C/C++ ODF importer for
Word. If this worked properly then this would be a further step in
promoting ODF as a "de facto" open format alternative.
ODF support is present in MS Office 2007 SP2 and MS Office 2010 (it
even can be selected as default file format) so what would be your
target? MS Office 2003 and older? It does not look
reasonable to me,
because by the time we develop something useable, only a
users will use such old versions of MS Office.
I think you should keep in mind that many users of LO are
folks that simply can't, or won't spend the money to buy
Office 2007 (and hence also need to spend even more money to
upgrade their systems in order to use it).
There are *millions* of users that are still using WinXP and
older versions of MS Office (think schools, libraries,
individuals, small companies, government offices, etc).
Granted the ideal situation would be to have all of them
install LO, but we know: 1) that just isn't going to happen,
2) and even if they do install LO, they are not going to
purge their existing versions of MS Office... it just doesn't
work that way.
An ODF plugin (like the Sun ODF Plugin) could go a long way
in gaining trust for existing MS Office users, particularly
if it does an LO splashscreen when starting as the Sun one
does. However, I also imagine that
creating/converting/maintaining such a program would be a
huge amount of effort/work. So I doubt that it will happen on
LO's watch & think it possible only with the backing of a
major ($$$) corporation such as IBM or similar.
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