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Office poll: Do you use or support users who prefer non-Microsoft business software?
Takeaway: This week’s Office poll asks about your users’ preferences and whether they favor non-Microsoft competitors.
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I used to think like you, but no longer
WP Office still rules
It also does a lot more than M$ Office can hope to do. I have WP Office 12 which is more than a couple of years old now and it has better features than Office 2007 and doesn't require massive cost in retraining staff to use the new version and get used to the Ribbon.
Of course WP Office X4 the newest version is even better.
Using your numbers for a company of 100 employees, the four-year cost for MS Office is $45,000. OpenOffice provides the same basic functionality for most users at a license cost of $0 and I don't have to train them to use the ribbon. If I'm doing the money management and can save $45k in licensing costs and eliminate associated training costs, you'd better believe I'll be doing it, especially if that $45K could make the difference between profit and loss in a bad month.
Do I think OpenOffice is the be-all end-all? No. OO Base is not yet the equivalent to Access, and although OO Impress has improved greatly, it still has problems rendering native PowerPoint files. But for the vast majority of office software users who only require basic spreadsheet and document generation functions, Write and Calc do everything Word and Excel do at minimal cost.
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