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On 22/07/2011 02:06, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak wrote:
On 07/21/2011 09:43 AM, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
On 21/07/2011 14:23, Andrew Douglas Pitonyak wrote:
I am of the opinion that good inter-operability with MSO products makes it easier to attract new users and that poor inter-operability with MSO products makes it more difficult.

I quite agree. As (I would say) between 90 and 95% of the business world uses MSO, there's no incentive to change from MSO if the alternatives aren't 100% compatible in terms of formatting, other than cost of upgrading and the activities of the BSA and its' companions. My wife sends me documents written in Office 2003 which sometimes are so badly mangled when I open them in OO or LO that I have to open them in MSO to see what they should look like. And these are in general not complicated documents....Having said that, then there have also been instances of formatting incompatibilities between different versions of MSO....
Much depends on the formatting that is used. Simple documents usually have no difficulties. Realize that in OOo I can represent things that I cannot represent in MSO and the opposite holds as well. Images anchored to paragraphs are particular troublesome.

What is far more disturbing, is that MS has replaced free OEM copies of Works with a free (albeit with advertising) version of Office 2010 that just contains limited functionality versions of Word and Excel - thus attempting to perpetuate the stranglehold of proprietary document formats.

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