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On 07/20/2011 11:02 PM, e-letter wrote:

To conclude, it does not seem a good long-term idea to be constantly
seeking high (if not perfect) compatibility with the constantly moving
targets that are m$ formats. The priority for LO should be to ignore
self-inflicted problems such as "I saved a document is m$ format x and
something has disappeared" and focus upon "when using writer to create
a new odt file, a table alignment error occurs".

You would be amazed to discover that 99,9% of LibreOffice users exchange
documents with MS Office users on a daily basis, and are extremely
concerned about interoperability issues.

The capability of reading and writing MS Office documents is of
paramount importance for LibreOffice adoption in the enterprise, and
migrating from MS Office to LibreOffice is a move that many companies do
in order to save a huge amount of money.

I do not have specific figures, but I personally estimate that a
percentage equal or higher than 50% of LibreOffice users default to
writing MS Office files instead of ODT files (just an estimate, based on
my personal experience).

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