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On 10/25/2013 03:38 PM, Pedro wrote:

Shouldn't TDF (and Apache...) be worried about the sharp decrease in free office demand?

Yes, and No.

The "No" part is that this type of report is created for a specific
client, to provide the answer that the client wants, regardless of how
close to reality that answer is. (IOW, if you want a report that shows
OOo4Kids is the #1 office suite in the business market, the report they
produce will show the data that reflects that reality.)

The "Yes" part is that the _alleged_ 11% decline in OOo variants is a
fairly large decline. That difference could be simply the difference in
the surveyed population: Current Microsoft Office users versus former
Microsoft Office users. Alternatively,the survey questions could have
been phrased to suggest that it was a survey about Microsoft Office
usage, and not general office suite usage, even when the people being
surveyed were told otherwise. (I'd suggest that 7 out of 10 responders
thought it was a survey about Microsoft Office, and not Office Suites.)

I did notice that EuroOffice was missing from the list. How many firms
went from OOo to EuroOffice, because it provides what Oracle failed to
provide --- tier 1 support, tier 2 support, and tier 3 support for HOSO
& SMB sized organizations?  If it was not listed in the survey, then
responders who use it would be scratching for their backup office suite,
not current and in heavy use office suite.


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