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Re: [tdf-discuss] Is Microsoft getting worried about free Office suites?

Libreoffice just needs step by step work with constant maintenance and
fresh ideas for consumers that work. Microsoft and apple have a limited
resource in finding ideas and to testing there office suites.

On Tuesday, 29 November 2011, lj <> wrote:
It is very difficult for libreoffice to be cloud based. Libreoffice is
doing the right thing with fixing bugs. But they need to stick with one
code base in the cloud. Such as html5 or java. I would use html5.
Libreoffice writer desktop suite is really good because it is fast. Speed
is a priority for people wanting to get work done. It needs to be
incorporated in all the apps including the start up of libreoffice. It is
fast but it must be the fastest. Clear and simple to getting a document
spreadsheet power point created. That is the problem that I find in
Microsoft office it freezes sometimes and the ribbon makes dialogue boxes
complicated not simple for power users and more random errors. Libreoffice
must create a cloud based app. The key for libreoffice and most likely for
apple and especially Microsoft is updated fixes and maintenance and lastly
releases.  It is something that libreoffice does and communicates well with
the use of schedules and wikis. The cloud will need to have constant
support and maintenance and releases for it to work effectively with users
and their different desktop environments. It is a lot of hard work. But if
it worked libreoffice would defanitely not go under or in strife like
Internet explorer on Mac or openoffice. At the end of the day. There is a
way to bridge the cloud and the desktop. Some people do not like working in
the cloud because of security. Some people like to work on the cloud
because of collaboration. If libreoffice could incorporate both, it would
be something that google apple and Microsoft would need to think about.

On Tuesday, 29 November 2011, Ian Lynch <> wrote:
On 29 November 2011 10:39, lj <> wrote:

 Libreoffice has one thing. It's for free. You can't beat
that price. Consumers will use a product like google docs because it's
and easy to use.

Yes, people expect to get stuff like this for free from the internet so
is difficult for MS or Apple to charge extra for office software in this
environment and if they offer it for free they run the risk of killing
their own cash cows on the desktop.

It's the exact same for libreoffice they just need mobile
and cloud adoption and a little more advertisement in marketing to stay
the game.

Cloud is one area where features do tend to be light so a cloud based
would be a killer app, especially if there was a compact version that
run on a cell phone, locally. But the big problem is that this is a
amount of work and by the time it is done, it might well be too late.

On Tuesday, 29 November 2011, Ian Lynch <> wrote:
On 28 November 2011 20:16, Robert Derman <

Olav Dahlum wrote:

On 28/11/11 13:13, Pedro wrote:

Ian Lynch wrote

Google should do a version of Office based on the
OOo/LibO code base and embed ads and search links, make it
and brand it Google Office.  Given their brand strength and
would probably do more to frighten MS than anything we can do.
surprised they haven't already done it.

Interesting concept. But I think they are investing a lot on the
with the Chrome Book laptops that investing time on an offline
make much sense...

In the same line of thought: Google Docs is fine in the "Developed"
countries where working in the "Cloud" is a reality. This is not so
than 2/3 of the world's population

I do believe that currently LibreOffice is the leading alternative
Office (but would love to see some numbers :) )

Just a couple of observations here.  First, most businesses do not
probably will not in the near future,  go to cloud computing.

I sort of hope not, gives us competitive advantage but realistically,
businesses are SMEs employing less than 10 people so I should think
will migrate at least to partial use of cloud services. Like us, it
have to be all one thing or another.

 there are several reasons for this, foremost, security.

If cloud security was an insurmountable problem, I doubt we would have
on-line banking.

 Companies do not want important documents with proprietary informa

Laurence Jeloudev
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