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OpenOffice Writer Vs Microsoft Word
Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:40 PM
I was wondering what everyone uses. I know Microsoft Word has been the standard forever, but is it time for a change? Microsoft is also developing their own open xml format to compete with OpenOffice's, which is a good move, but I was wondering if this is reason enough to keep using Microsoft.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 06:43 AM
Now I'm not going to complain about compatibility, that's expected but I would complain when someone does not follow Open Standards, and guess who that would be. The problem with MS, is they sneak in things, that you could say is product placement, they're doing all they can to hook you onto their products and actually trap you to only being able to be with them and while they're mainstream their ability to do this is easy.
I know OO could easily take the mainstream, but people would have to re-learn it, and it's this learning that people do avoid.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 08:57 AM
Why would people have to relearn it for? If you referring to how it looks compared to MS Word then ok, but formatting text, saving it and all that good stuff is the same. Like I mentioned earlier Open Office is practically a clone of Word, but changed it enough so it don't look and feel like it.
Although I don't like M$ set up on how they sell their products I have to go with reliability in the sense that they never change anything . So finding what you need is easy and if their lack of support doesn't answer your questions you have the net to answer them for you.
Edited by saint-michael, 14 December 2006 - 10:38 AM.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 09:49 AM
On nearly every office pc has the M$ office products.
But we -who doesn't use computer for commercial purposes-
are using both. First of all OpenOffice is free and easy to obtain.
Most of the people i know in the university can not afford M$ Office
and usually use OpenOffice in their own pc.
Posted 14 December 2006 - 06:03 PM
Other than that, especially with office 07 I'd have no other reason at all to chose OpenOffice. I'm using the Office 07 Suite right now and I feel like I'm getting worth for my buck.
Word XP vs Word 97 wasn't an amazing difference. Word XP wasn't that special from the OpenOffice suits anyways. But again they've set a precedence OO will have to catch up with, and what is a problem with Open source software - graphics. There are (web) demo versions of the Office suite. Working with documents is more efficient and actually much more fun to do with the interface, as well as adding graphs and the like.
OpenOffice is good. For someone that merely wants to type a document with nothing more I'd definitely recommend as it's free. Office definitely ads something extra. If you don't think you need it or appreciate it, that is fine with you. Don't take me down for praising an enterprise product rather than opensource. Open source does not mean it's better than enterprise because of some company hate many seem to wield, especially vs microsoft.
Try it, it's fun. I absolutely like the vista office suite. I wouldn't say office XP is much or any better than the current Open Office writer.
Posted 15 December 2006 - 03:08 AM
Now, if I could afford Microsoft's Office Suite while cash-strapped, I might just go for it as I do find it better than Open Office. I might like Open Office better if they offered separate downloads for each of their programs. There was one day that I wanted to just download Calc to create a spreadsheet (and since I was on a shared computer, I thought it was pointless to download a HUGE package), I scrounged their website looking for what I wanted, but I could never find it. It might be helpful to some people who are space-strapped and want to save some by not downloading the useless parts.
And I agree with Alegis that open source does not automatically make a product good. The regular user really isn't going to care if a product's source code is open to the community or not, because, put it plainly, they're not going to be the ones editing it. Only the few developers will care, but since they're the ones making the product anyway, it's kind of expected that they'd care. Therefore, I think it's better to judge open source products just as you'd judge anything else--quality (such as the things it can get done, the price, possible security issues, etc) and not just some tag thrown on it.
Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:02 PM
On Linux if somebody doesn't use Wine and similar stuff, when Openoffice is the best choice if you don't want to boot to Windows or you don't even have it installed.
But I agree that the GUI of OpenOffice is quite terrible and it is quite slow, when OO will be rewritten using c++ language and will use a better GUI, who knows, maybe it will become much better.
Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:37 PM
I like that OO has a file format that is accepted by a variety of software, like Mac and Linux, and can also save in .doc format. I know that Microsoft is adopting a more open standard, but they are trying to force everyone to use their standard instead of using the existing standard. Sure, Microsoft's office suite has more features, but it also ignores other software out there. At college I know alot of people who are forced to use a product that can read .doc files.
I think OO has taken a step in the right direction. I like OO because of a "moral" point of view, not a feature point of view. If M$ were responsible, I would adopt their way of doing things, but since they make no room for other systems, I prefer OO. Both get the same job done anyway.
Posted 16 December 2006 - 02:36 AM
The other reason i'm using microsoft word is because where i work, it is compulsory and they give copies out to their employees for a discounted price, otherwise i wouldn't even bother using it because i know there are other programs that can do the same (or a bit less) with little or no cost.
Another reason why i'm sticking with word is because i know how to use it and i know where everything is so there's no need for me to spend time reading the manual or help files etc..
I would try Open Office if i ever get linux because word surely doesn't want to work on linux.
Posted 12 January 2007 - 07:10 AM
Other than essays and resumes, most of my writing now are screenplays for my movies which I write in Celtx (also free and open source)
Posted 12 January 2007 - 10:07 AM
But don't take me wrong, I never said anything bad about the Microsoft Office suite. It works great and does everything I need! But so does OpenOffice.org, and I'm pretty sure that even in these technical forums, more than 95% of the population hardly use features so special that only MS has it. You're all just being lazy to re-learn how to process your documents. Or maybe you just like the Office UI better, which I must unfortunately agree with.
Posted 01 May 2007 - 09:35 PM
The reason is that formatting issues and etc have came up when saving OpenOffice.org documents as ".doc" and then reopening them in Microsoft Office Word at school.
If I'm sure I don't need to use Microsoft Word to open the document, by all means I use OpenOffice.org Writer.
OpenOffice.org is better because it is free, open-source (more secure) and compatible with a lot more file formats than Microsoft Office software. Also, file sizes are a bit smaller when saving the same document in OpenDocument format (slightly, only sometimes?).
I'm ready to use both if necessary
Posted 03 May 2007 - 02:13 AM
as for the review well I do like MS Word for its easy to use type kinda thing but if personally you are going to let me choose between them provided that I will adhere to the legality of piracy and stuffs like that I would choose open office personally since all my needs can be catered by this software all I need ( I think) is to practice using it so I wont have a hard time using it.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 12:16 PM
As "Alegis" quoted, "Open Source" does not mean it's better. Sure do I agree that MS-Office comes with a price, but when it comes to product, MS-Office is far better than Open Office. In its current state the usability/capabilities/look and feel of MS-Office is much superior to OO. At an enterprise level since MS-Office is available for us free of cost, I would prefer to go with it. But personally, I won't like to pay the price for MS-Office and would go with OO instead.-reply by Sunil
Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:17 PM
I've been using Open Office since it was Sun Star Office. The other day I heard someone in a computer store telling a student not to use Open Office because "it's not compatible with Word." I hear things like this all the time - "don't use Linux because it's not compatible with Windows." The truth is that I can open any file on my linux computer. I do have XP and 7 because they are required for some classes I'm taking (and they are also free because I'm taking those classes), but I see no need for them. I was a teacher before I went back to school and I received papers in all types of formats, from OpenOffice, Page, Abi, Microsoft and even Han, a Korean language alternative to Word. Because I use Open Office I can open any of these files. Teachers who use Word have to tell their students to use a specific format because they can not read it otherwise. Changing formats seems simple to some, but it can be extremely confusing for people who are not good with computers. I was teaching English at the time so I didn't care if my students were able to change the format of their papers as long as they wrote their papers in English. I don't know why anyone would limit themselves to Microsoft Word (I also think AbiWord, is a waste of processing power) when there is a free alternative that is much more versatile.
-reply by Jeff
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