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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dayofswords View Post
    hell, i didnt even pay $90 for my ms office, like i'd pay that for a plug-in



    hell no even more

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    the plugin is closed source, i dont see how it helps
    They're making money off of a free software project by selling a closed source plugin that makes it compatible with a different program. I don't see how it doesn't help. Anyway you slice it they're making money off a free software project, and in a pretty original way. It's no different than a company like codeweavers. People are making money off of cross platform compatibility. It's a new business model, and a pretty interesting one if you ask me.
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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Ha ha ha ha ha, is it April 1st already? Now we can tell people "You should use open formats because it's good and all. Oh by the way, it will cost ya 90 bucks, but eh, you'll be free!"

    Way to kill Free Software, Oracle! Next year, OpenOffice.

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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by -humanaut- View Post
    I disagree big enterprise will need this plugin and there pockets are deep I think its great what Oracle is doing.
    I doubt it would even work that way. They'd just go with a "normal" format, and not touch ODF.
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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonbite View Post
    What version of Office are you running? I think Office 2007 has it, but 2003 and earlier doesn't.

    Ahh... here it is, in the article
    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Ah. So Office 2007 can save as ODT, but not 2003.

    Nice job Oracle. Guess they just want the money.
    Oh, so there's no problem here. They're offering support and functionality for a seven-year older version of software, even if they're offering it at a price.

    I mean, it's nice that they offered it free of charge for as long as they did (three years is a long time), but I would hardly accuse Oracle of being "on drugs" for this.
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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    I doubt it would even work that way. They'd just go with a "normal" format, and not touch ODF.
    Oracle is a huge company that's been around for a long time. It wouldn't surprise me if they knew what they were doing.
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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Unless they are going to be creating a format-compatibility war it doesn't look like it's a product with a long life or profit margin.

    And if people are unwilling to upgrade to Office2007, chances are they are going to be unwilling to pay for this plugin.

    The only people they can make money off of are the huge corporations that don't want to pay for the full version of Office 2007 Professional (+) for like 1,000 employees, but the few thousands for compatibility makes sense.

    1,000 employees x $300 for upgrade = $300,000
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    1,000 employees x $ 90 for compat. = $ 90,000

    Kinda makes sense (if you squint).

    The question is whether the ODF/ODT format is powerful enough to ransom this way!
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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tristam Green View Post
    Oh, so there's no problem here. They're offering support and functionality for a seven-year older version of software, even if they're offering it at a price.
    That's pretty much it. If you don't want to upgrade and still use Office 2003 and you use ODF, you can either hack up the cash to get the plugin or switch to OpenOffice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonbite View Post
    Unless they are going to be creating a format-compatibility war it doesn't look like it's a product with a long life or profit margin.

    And if people are unwilling to upgrade to Office2007, chances are they are going to be unwilling to pay for this plugin.

    The only people they can make money off of are the huge corporations that don't want to pay for the full version of Office 2007 Professional (+) for like 1,000 employees, but the few thousands for compatibility makes sense.
    They could just use OpenOffice instead. Makes me wonder if they'll make it so that OO isn't free anymore.
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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    That's pretty much it. If you don't want to upgrade and still use Office 2003 and you use ODF, you can either hack up the cash to get the plugin or switch to OpenOffice.
    Or swith back to DOC.

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    Re: I was right. Oracle is really on drugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bachstelze View Post
    Or swith back to DOC.
    Or that, yeah.
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