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Old 07-23-2009, 06:19 AM
Location: HoCo, MD
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Originally Posted by nerak31 View Post

Is there a new version of Office coming out anytime soon?

http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/ (broken link)
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:17 AM
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You might also take a look at a formerly "commercial" office suite:

Free Office Suite to Download

Softmaker Office 2006 Free Full Version Download – Another Commercial Clone Alternative for Microsoft Office » My Digital Life

This is now a free "word-processing and spreadsheet only" version.

They are making this 2006 version available free to entice you to upgrade for the additional stuff in the newer 2008 version.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Asheville Native View Post
OO is a great alternative for those that can't afford Office, or really don't have the need to justify the expense Office to write the ocassional document, keep a simple spreadsheet. It does not have all the bells, whistles, features of the much pricier Office, but for free and you can view/edit/print all those things that people send you from Office.
Exactly. Have been using OO for years, works fine.

There are precious few people who "need" MS-Office, which buys you very little unless you're creating some rather complex or unusual documents/spredsheets/etc.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:25 AM
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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Originally Posted by Wandering_Spirit View Post
Hello All,

Is anyone here using OpenOffice (3.0) and if so how do you like it over WORD? I am using the WORD XP version along with OpenOffice. I am also curious as to any thoughts/views about the draw section of OpenOffice. If anyone has any comments or stories I would love to hear about them, and feel free to DM if you wish. I am used to WORD XP and still kind of on the fence about OpenOffice. How compatible is it if someone requests a document in WORD format and is sent one in OpenOffice format?

I'm required to use Word for work projects, but have Open Office on the same computer. I've found saving unfinished documents in OO is messy, especially if using a template-- when it is reopened, the format is not the way it was when it was saved. I've known other people who have had the same experience, so it's not just me.
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:55 PM
Location: Central Texas
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Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Home edition is about $120 and can be installed on up to three computers. I think it is a bargain.

Open Office is certainly acceptable for the price. But if you are accustomed to Office, or need sure compatibility with Office documents, I see no reason to use OO. It is NOT 100% compatible with Office. This is not such a big issue with Word or Powerpoint, but it's incomplete compatibility with Excel can be a problem. OO does not handle missing values for example the same was as Excel.

Excel 2007 blows OO's equivalent in every which way.
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