OpenOffice vs MS Office

Microsoft has some very serious competition -- The Great Showdown: MS Office vs. OpenOffice.
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This is astounding! You think OO is winning against MS Office, good on you. Here's a wake up call, this battle was fought and won by MS no less than a decade agao. Keep dreaming. It is one thing to say Solaris is getting traction but a whole another thing when you move into OO/MSOffice. Sun has a much better chance of success if its employees focus on Solaris and leave OO stuff to Linux fans. Let's get going on Solaris, please.

Posted by Anantha on October 08, 2007 at 03:03 PM JST #

The battle may have been won by MS a decade ago, but not the war :-) OpenOffice is not seeing as much uptake in North America as it is getting in Europe. In Europe it's really is everywhere. North America will wake up eventually and start to make the move.

Posted by weeble on October 08, 2007 at 04:29 PM JST #

Open Office happens to be good enough for me, even if MS Office 'has more features'. When I need something more, I intend to make use of feature requests. Keep up the good work, sun.

Posted by ethana2 on October 09, 2007 at 01:15 AM JST #

In response to Anantha, I think you take a very short-term view of the market. The market is shifting to the network or "grid", google office being the first salvo. Whilst MS is fighting on that front they have OO.o slowly eating away at the Office Market as well. All it will take is some larger Desktop Vendors (Lenovo, HP, Dell et al) to pre-install OO.o and MS is looking at rappidly declining growth in one of it's cash cows

Posted by Ché Kristo on October 09, 2007 at 01:49 AM JST #

Anantha ... just because MS won the battle years ago doesn't mean they will win in the future. Absolutely everything has changed.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on October 09, 2007 at 08:34 AM JST #

OO is good indeed, in fact it is good enough for most people. I for one could get my work done with OO. However, there is this nagging thing called working with customers where MS Office is embedded that makes me steer away from OO. To give a context here, nobody needs anything more than say a Toyota Corolla for basic transportation but we insist on buying far larger cars that are swankier. Same thing applies here, OO may be good but we buy MS Office anyway. One more very important thing that most people immersed in the 'jihad' forget; most people don't care about the platform as long as they get their work done. I'm a Solaris geek but on my desktop I wouldn't want it, give me MS Windows & Office. As far as Microsoft, they're not sitting idle either. They'll have their story line for the 'cloud' computing, whether you like it or not they're in it for the long haul. Go Solaris! please focus on winnable battles, let's leave OO stuff for other 'jihadists'.

Posted by Anantha on October 09, 2007 at 05:25 PM JST #

dude i hate both of dem i dnt understand how people culd luv computers so much dat dey actually want to add some stupid little comment onto a web page so people can read dem and also put a comment on it most of dese comments dnt help ne ways some people go to dis web site to find information for skool work or other related things but yet nuthin helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ricky Bobby on May 01, 2008 at 08:22 PM JST #

Ricky Bobby,

I think you only need one feature, a good spelling check ;)

Posted by martijn on June 12, 2008 at 05:01 PM JST #

Anantha,

I have kicked out MS-Office out of my home desktop 2 years ago. This year I bought a Viao Laptop and an Acer Desktop, both had MS-Office 2007 trial version. I uninstalled the trial version of MS-Office 2007 as it was pathetically slow on Vista Home Premium on both the systems. Now I am proud user of OpenOffice 2.4 and 3.0. I create business presentations and write ups in Impress and Writer with a lot of ease and without paying Microsoft a penny. Like me many of my colleagues have moved to Open Office for their home desktop and laptops. Things have changing and changing for good. Microsoft's office sales profits have plummeted over the last 2 years because of falling demand for MS-Office. The only application in MS-Office that has clear edge, compared apples to apples, is MS-Excel 2007.

Posted by Bidyut on March 04, 2009 at 09:13 AM JST #

In my opinion as a Vista and Mac user who has little cash for software OpenOffice.org is great it works with Office files so i can add them to Office Live Workspaces and it helps reduce illegal Office Users. A relative of mine works with MS and has offered me an 07 Master Copy, they previously gave me an 03 master copy, i denied it on the basis that OO.o is easy to use and does exactly what i need, good ridence MS Office.

Posted by jimmyd on April 12, 2009 at 11:12 PM JST #

Definitely, Microsoft, won, but also Open Office is launching newer versions like 3 etc... One thing to be always kept im my mind:
-=OPEN OFFICE IS FREE=- whereas MS OFFICE IS "PAID"!!!
You should not crib about whatever you are getting in a free software. If you got enough bucks to spend, go enjoy Microsoft Office. If you dont want to spend anything but still get many Word Processing software, then download openoffice.org.

AS SIMPLE AS THAT

Posted by gary on May 21, 2009 at 03:21 PM JST #

Definitely, Microsoft, won, but also Open Office is launching newer versions like 3 etc... One thing to be always kept im my mind:
-=OPEN OFFICE IS FREE=- whereas MS OFFICE IS "PAID"!!!
You should not crib about whatever you are getting in a free software. If you got enough bucks to spend, go enjoy Microsoft Office. If you dont want to spend anything but still get many Word Processing features, then download openoffice.org.

AS SIMPLE AS THAT

Posted by gary on May 21, 2009 at 03:23 PM JST #

Definitly i will go for Open office+ Linux combination. but want a clarification on -
-Is it possible to open all the files of Ms Office on Open office?
-Is it possible to open Power point files (ms office)in to the open office?

if these points will be positively happen. Open office is the best.

Posted by Dr. Kaushal Sharma on September 16, 2009 at 01:50 PM JST #

Hi Dr.Kaushal Sharma,

It is absolutely possible to open all Office 2003 applications in open office.

You can open and save MS Office .doc files in Open Office as .doc(Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP) and there are so many other formats you can choose in open office. I myself have been using IMPRESS quite often which is equivalent to PowerPoint. You can save MS-PowerPoint files in open office as MS-Powerpoint files, no issues at all. My official presentations are in MS-PowerPoint when I bring them home I open and edit them in OpenOffice and have no problem yet. You can quickly convert .doc files to .PDF which is an excellent feature. These days users love the .PDF format it's looks very neat. Do let me know if you need any help.

Posted by Bidyut on September 16, 2009 at 05:15 PM JST #

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