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nnamdi
April 16th, 2010, 11:40 AM
How many hard core or normal users still use MS Office for their professional work cos to me i feel it is more polished than open office?

Drenriza
April 16th, 2010, 11:41 AM
I have an windows machine just to run MS Office.

And i wouldnt mind if MS office was made so it could be run on linux, without all sorts of tips and tricks.

lisati
April 16th, 2010, 11:42 AM
Moved to "Community Cafe"

madnessjack
April 16th, 2010, 11:43 AM
It's a damn good app. Couldn't care who it's from, it's just good. Would love a version for linux and would gladly pay.

anaconda
April 16th, 2010, 11:49 AM
I use mainly openoffice, but I DO have MS office too. Mainly for opening or editing documents from other ms office users.

I actually prefer openoffice, since I can use it better....

sydcanem2010
April 16th, 2010, 12:00 PM
I haven't used open office before and would love it if i t comes with math panel like MSWord07 have.

Giant Speck
April 16th, 2010, 12:02 PM
I rarely use word processors, but when I do need to type up a document, I'll use Office 2007 on my other computer.

weichimaster
April 16th, 2010, 12:18 PM
I use Excel and Word daily.

I use Powerpoint less often - maybe once a week or so. I'll use Access about once a month or so. (All these are for work.)

And I never use Open Office. Microsoft Office is a very good set of programmes.

NightwishFan
April 16th, 2010, 12:19 PM
I use Abiword most of the time, but lately I have been using open office.

Wee_Guy
April 16th, 2010, 12:21 PM
I only use OpenOffice for writing stuff that I know won't need to be opened on MS Office. With the likes of powerpoint files, the switch from OpenOffice to MS Office often breaks stuff/moves stuff about/generally confuses things, so its easier to just start off in MS Office.

asddf
April 16th, 2010, 01:08 PM
I only use Open Office I'm not a big office software user tho.

aklo
April 16th, 2010, 01:12 PM
Open office for personal use only.

I just don't want to take the risk of screwing up my ppt document for a class presentation.

drascus
April 16th, 2010, 01:15 PM
I have actually never owned a copy of office and have only used it on occasion on other peoples computer. I have been an open office user since the beginning so I am way more use to it and it's work flow then MS office I usually have no idea what I am doing in MS office.

wojox
April 16th, 2010, 01:19 PM
I rarely use word processors, but when I do need to type up a document, I'll use Office 2007 on my other computer.


This ^^^^^^^

Directive 4
April 16th, 2010, 01:19 PM
LaTeX

instead of powerpoint and ms office

Dragonbite
April 16th, 2010, 01:29 PM
I use MS Office because it's more powerful, and feels smoother overall.

Unfortunately it has been getting more "helpful" in an un-helpful sort of way.

MS Publisher is the one app I wish they would create in OpenOffice.

Naiki Muliaina
April 16th, 2010, 01:30 PM
All open office here, including all the PC's at work that are on Ubuntu. Hurrah running business's with Linux desktops!

Daisuke_Aramaki
April 16th, 2010, 01:30 PM
Personally I don't use office apps a lot. For documentation, it's been Latex all the way. But when I do use Office apps, I prefer MS Office. It's the better product that is out there, plain and simple.

Paqman
April 16th, 2010, 01:38 PM
Not me, I use Open Office for everything now.

Nickedynick
April 16th, 2010, 01:42 PM
I'd really love to use Open Office exclusively (and believe me, I've tried!) but working on group projects at Uni has forced me into using MS Office - mainly so that everyone can work together on a report/presentation without any barriers.

Open Office is a fantastic project, but it's just not as good as MS Office for most applications. It pains me to say it, but it's true.

wewantutopia
April 16th, 2010, 02:13 PM
MS Office works just fine for me using Wine. No tricks or tips.

I do use Open Office primarily but Calc has a LOT to be desired. Ever try copy and paste from single cell to merged cell? Or insert a row or column in an row or column that has 1 or more merged cells?

Doctor Mike
April 16th, 2010, 02:20 PM
Both MS & Open office can do a few things the other can't, but some things (templates mostly) can only be used correctly in MS. Funny, yesterday was the first time I'd used Windows in several days and it was to use a template that just wouldn't come up right in Open Office.

I also have a couple of other programs that just don't have a good enough Linux version.

I don't care if this sound like a plug, but I really like Macrium Reflect.

donkyhotay
April 16th, 2010, 02:21 PM
Never really used MSoffice, even before I migrated to linux I used openoffice because it does what I need and is free.

eriktheblu
April 16th, 2010, 02:34 PM
I use it for work, because that's what is on my work computer.

Writer, Calc, and Impress are suitable for my needs, but I have too much learning invested in Access to replace it with Base. Since I only do database stuff for work, I have no other motivation.

cespinal
April 16th, 2010, 02:40 PM
100% Openoficce here

Dragonbite
April 16th, 2010, 02:44 PM
MS Office works just fine for me using Wine. No tricks or tips.

I do use Open Office primarily but Calc has a LOT to be desired. Ever try copy and paste from single cell to merged cell? Or insert a row or column in an row or column that has 1 or more merged cells?

I've had hit-or-miss with Office in Wine.

At work (w/Financial guys) I don't see Calc as being a good enough replacement for them.

RiceMonster
April 16th, 2010, 02:52 PM
I greatly prefer MS Office to Open Office. I just find it to be better all around. I only ever use OO because it's free and runs on Linux.

CharlesA
April 16th, 2010, 02:55 PM
I have to use openoffice at work. I prefer using MS Office for most everything else.

Ichtyandr
April 16th, 2010, 02:57 PM
Open office for personal use only.

I just don't want to take the risk of screwing up my ppt document for a class presentation.

I have a similar situation. BTW I export ppt files to pdf from openoffice directly being sure that their looks are not distorted, and run my presentations everywhere

tica vun
April 16th, 2010, 03:08 PM
I don't use MS office or OOo. I don't need to do presentations, real databases are more efficient than spreadsheets for my purposes, and I use LaTeX (with vim, LyX and pdflatex) for typesetting.

Dragonbite
April 16th, 2010, 03:14 PM
I have a similar situation. BTW I export ppt files to pdf from openoffice directly being sure that their looks are not distorted, and run my presentations everywhere

I do that too because I don't know what system my presentations will be played on all of the time (Linux? Mac? Windows? etc.) and even Google Doc's presentation shows up a little differently depending on the screen settings.

Not to mention, by posting it online in PDF format, it means practically everybody is able to play it without difficulty (save for those few who don't install any Acrobat reader).

uRock
April 16th, 2010, 03:16 PM
Microsoft Office, yuck, spend more than $500 to get the full version? Not in my house. Openoffice gets the job done very well. I just took a technical communications class as part of my degree and I aced it using OO. We had to create business proposals and other official documents. I had no problems adding and adjusting images, borders, and such. OO FTW!

Cheers and beers,
Ronnie

tica vun
April 16th, 2010, 03:18 PM
Not to mention, by posting it online in PDF format, it means practically everybody is able to play it without difficulty (save for those few who don't install any Acrobat reader).

WHAT? PDF is an accepted standard, you don't need the proprietary adobe reader to view it. Acrobat is a bloated pile of ****, just use pretty much any other Free pdf reader.

Slorg
April 16th, 2010, 03:22 PM
I actually only use OpenOffice if I have the chance...
However, I also MS Office in school.

They don't let me use OpenOffice portable at school so I have to use MS office (I got banned for a week because I used firefox portable with an IE Tab, it's basicly still IE but it's prohibited to use third party apps..)

I actually don't think one of them is better, I prefer OpenOffice because I'm used to it but I think they are both equally good. (They also both have problems)

doas777
April 16th, 2010, 03:23 PM
I don;t tend to do a lot of office work when not actually at work (it's a windows shop), so i;m always using msoffice anyway.
the kids use oo for some homework, but their teachers do somtimes complain about formatting, and occasionally they forget to save as .doc.

Dragonbite
April 16th, 2010, 03:25 PM
WHAT? PDF is an accepted standard, you don't need the proprietary adobe reader to view it. Acrobat is a bloated pile of ****, just use pretty much any other Free pdf reader.

No, you don't. I use Evince as my Acrobat reader, or PDF reader if that description suits you better.

bshosey
April 16th, 2010, 03:29 PM
I am in IT at the company I work for. They are on Windows. At work I use MS. But at home I use Open Office. My wife uses Windows, but will not use MS office. She prefers Open Office over MS office. The only reason I bought MS office was for MSOutlook in 2000. Now I prefer Evolution over MSOutlook. I can't stand Office 2k7. I try my best to use ubuntu and open office as much as I can.

matthew.ball
April 16th, 2010, 03:34 PM
If I'm writing a paper, it'll be LaTeX (emacs + auctex).

However, some of my lecturers are not that computer-literate (I am a philosophy student, so it makes sense) and they post assignments in .doc format so I'm left with OpenOffice to read them.

kaldor
April 16th, 2010, 03:36 PM
I've used WordPerfect, Openoffice, MS Office, Abiword, KOffice and Apple iWork.

My opinion...

-WordPerfect is nostalgic for me, so my positive comments on it are probably biased :). But, I always found WordPerfect to be the best application for word processing back in the 90's and early 2000's.

-OpenOffice is my preferred suite. I tried it out when I first came to Ubuntu, and quickly abandoned my outdated WordPerfect suite. I love OpenOffice due to the fact it's free, easy to use and comes with a large variety of Office applications.

-MS Office (2007) is great. But then again, it's nothing really special. The only application that's truly great in it (in my opinion) is PowerPoint; that's very good. I prefer PowerPoint through Crossover than OpenOffice's Impress.

-Abiword is too buggy. I can't trust using it due to losing some documents before. Nice UI though.

-KOffice is horrible. Not the features, but the quality. It likes to crash. It isn't (when I last used it) compatible with MS Office files such as .doc or .ppt. This could be fine for a lot of people though, since the open document format (odt, odp etc) is becoming more widely used.

-Apple iWork is just an attempt to make money via eyecandy. Pages is not very good for word processing. It's more about the beauty of it than the usability I found. Keynote, however, makes extremely nice looking slideshow presentations. Shame it's only for OS X!

undecim
April 16th, 2010, 03:41 PM
I have an windows machine just to run MS Office.

And i wouldnt mind if MS office was made so it could be run on linux, without all sorts of tips and tricks.

Yeah, I'd pay for it if I could compile it on my computer.

It's a little slow though compared to OOo.

PhoHammer
April 16th, 2010, 03:42 PM
I would use Office, but I don't feel like paying for it. OO.o works just fine for me, so I use it.

As they say: "Use the best tool for the job". My job needs a free, competent tool.

Frogs Hair
April 16th, 2010, 03:50 PM
MSO is what is provided at work and school . OO is used at home on W7 & Ubuntu.

Penguin Guy
April 16th, 2010, 03:51 PM
I will always use Open Office when given the choice. It's shinier - and that's what counts. :P

Dragonbite
April 16th, 2010, 03:53 PM
On Windows 7 I have OpenOffice, in part because according to documentation Win7 won't like Office 2000 (the version I have) and it is not able to run in XP Mode so I installed OpenOffice instead.

Joeb454
April 16th, 2010, 03:59 PM
I use MS Office at work...but that's because we run Windows at work. I'd happily use Open Office if that's what was on offer.

I do think Office is a good application suite - sure it's a bit heavy on resources, but if it wasn't, I'd use it more often. I have a copy of Office 2007, and currently have the 2010 beta at home, but I don't reboot into Windows specially to use Office :)

dmizer
April 16th, 2010, 04:06 PM
How many hard core or normal users still use MS Office for their professional work cos to me i feel it is more polished than open office?

My office runs Open Office. I run Open Office on all my home machines including my Windows machines. I prefer it over MS Office because I have been using OOo for about 6 years straight, and MS Office confuses the heck out of me.

Edit:
I work in the translation field, so I would consider myself a hard core word processor user as I probably spend about 80% of my day in Open Office.

PC_load_letter
April 16th, 2010, 04:11 PM
Never found a need for MS office after I made the switch to Linux. OOo is more than I need and then some. For my professional documents, I use Latex anyway, and OOo spreadsheet or even Gnumeric is more than up to the task as Excel.

cjazz
April 16th, 2010, 04:13 PM
I make my living writing ... and I use Abiword.

BrokenKingpin
April 16th, 2010, 04:15 PM
I do at Work because I am forced to. At home I use OpenOffice. I think MS Office is better, but I prefer to use open source. The more people support OpenOffice, the better it will get.

Dragonbite
April 16th, 2010, 05:29 PM
I do at Work because I am forced to. At home I use OpenOffice. I think MS Office is better, but I prefer to use open source. The more people support OpenOffice, the better it will get.

Providing Oracle doesn't do something to make it die a painful, stinking death.

At least there is Novell and IBM working on OpenOffice derivitives so the chances of them ALL going to the graveyard is slim.

Ichtyandr
April 16th, 2010, 06:03 PM
Agree, I also used openoffice back on my Windows laptop because it was free, and I did not want to pay or download pirate stuff.
BTW now on OOo 3.2 on lucid seems to be faster to start than before.
Also perhaps irrelevant, but I think OOo integrates really well with the new light radiance theme on lucid (I moved my close button to right though :)

redbook4574
April 16th, 2010, 06:03 PM
I have an windows machine just to run MS Office.

And i wouldnt mind if MS office was made so it could be run on linux, without all sorts of tips and tricks.


Office 2007 runs happily under wine

tribaal
April 16th, 2010, 06:08 PM
LaTeX, clearly :)

- Trib'

retbak
April 16th, 2010, 07:20 PM
I much prefer writing essays in word 2007, got it working in Ubuntu so need for windows is diminished :guitar:

Cope57
April 16th, 2010, 07:40 PM
After upgrading from XP to Linux in 2002, I have had no need for any Microsoft applications. Abiword and OpenOffice is what I use for documentation and other office needs.

Docaltmed
April 16th, 2010, 07:44 PM
Office is a big, slow, resource hog compared to OpenOffice. We've been using OO.org exclusively for several years, even back when the company's computers will still running MS.

Jive Turkey
April 16th, 2010, 07:54 PM
I use office 2010 beta including outlook on my windows partitions, I use ooffice too though. I do prefer Excel over Calc but otherwise I don't really have a preference. For large documents Word has a much better system for indexing, and making a TOC and handling footnotes IMHO.

Cope57
April 16th, 2010, 07:58 PM
Another tip for all Open Office users.

How to make OpenOffice run faster in Ubuntu (http://www.zolved.com/synapse/view_content/28209/How_to_make_OpenOffice_run_faster_in_Ubuntu)

RiceMonster
April 16th, 2010, 08:00 PM
Office is a big, slow, resource hog compared to OpenOffice. We've been using OO.org exclusively for several years, even back when the company's computers will still running MS.

To be honest, I find them both to be guilty of that.

EarthMind
April 16th, 2010, 08:08 PM
I've switched back from Openoffice to MS Office on windows because it just can't compete with the more advanced features of MS Office.

I still use OO on Linux though.

astrobot
April 16th, 2010, 08:18 PM
I get to use iWork for professional output.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pages

keithpeter
April 16th, 2010, 09:59 PM
Hello All

I use MS Office 2003 on the staff issue laptop I use at work. I also have oOo installed on that machine.

I use oOo on my own computers, which run Ubuntu and Debian.

I find the formula editor easier to use in oOo (type codes rather than intensive mousing). As others have suggested, I use pdf format for projector based presentations mainly but occasionally present in oOo format using impress. I receive and edit word files and simple excel files on my home PC. I give feedback on student work using 'comments' in oOo, and save their annotated files in doc format. They are able to read the results ok.

Strangely, few of my colleagues have any problem exchanging files with me. Probably, as teachers, we are only using the more basic functions of the various packages.:P

squilookle
April 16th, 2010, 11:18 PM
I want to prefer OPen Office, but MS Office is just (in my oppinion) slightly better.

I believe that Open Office will get there eventually. I won't be going back to it till I go back to Linux on my main computer though. :)

jbrown96
April 16th, 2010, 11:35 PM
I rarely use word processors, but when I do need to type up a document, I'll use Office 2007 on my other computer.


I was in the same boat until a few months ago. I almost always use Emacs, but that doesn't really work for writing printed documents. I gave Office 2007 a try, and I really like it. It's very polished, and I hate to say it, but Ribbon is really great once you get used to it.
Office 2007 installs perfectly fine with Wine -- no tricks or tweaking required.

murderslastcrow
April 16th, 2010, 11:49 PM
Even back when I'd never heard of Linux as more than a command-line tool (lol), I only knew two people who went to the bother of getting MS Office instead of OpenOffice, only one of which went to the trouble of BUYING it.

This may change a bit with the ad-based Basic versions of 2010 coming out, but most of the people I've asked said they'll stick to OpenOffice.

But Microsoft Office is well made, despite complaints about the new interface. I think it's nice that Microsoft values integration and ease of use for the most part.

But most people I know would rather use Abiword and save in a universal format than pay for a word processor, to be honest. If it weren't bundled by retailers, I doubt so many people would use it.

Even when the product isn't as good, most people would opt for something free. And when the free products run faster and offer extra capabilities and support standards, it's all pretty obvious what you should choose.

MS Office and its formats are only around to support legacy records and database access for old, junky offices and servers. It's just hooked itself into the computer scene like a cancer is all. Just think how things would be if we didn't have to spend so much time reverse-engineering and had more manpower devoted to making real technology? I think you can already see it pretty well today, how awesome open source can be. But we can always improve.

conradin
April 16th, 2010, 11:56 PM
switched about 80 computers and 3 (of 8) supervisors to open office. Some users are hard to convert. Actualy, MS pushes linux. Ive only met 1 user who claims to like the new look of MS office 2007. users acclimated to the office 2003 look have very few issues utilizing open office.

uRock
April 16th, 2010, 11:59 PM
I have the same issue with Office 2007. I prefer text drop down menus over the ribbon any day.

Hman242
April 17th, 2010, 12:07 AM
I don't use it because I don't have it, but M$ Office 2007 is my favorite word processor. M$ actually did something right.
*waits for angry fanboys*

lisati
April 17th, 2010, 12:13 AM
On the rare occasion that I've needed it, I've been happy with OO.

For a while I was using the trial-ware version of MS Office that came preloaded on my current laptop, and noticed that Outlook has a habit of sending out a "Not Read" notification when an email has requested a read receipt and you delete it from the preview pane, even if you have read it. Anyone who sends me such a notification is likely to have it bounced back, "bogus delivery notification" :)

carniola
April 17th, 2010, 12:33 AM
Would love to switch to OO full-time, but can't because of the whole character count (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1380184) problem. Otherwise I'm quite happy with it.

Dragonbite
April 17th, 2010, 01:25 AM
I think the biggest thing my kids want out of a word processor is clip art. With OpenOffice, clipart is a pain to add and not very extensive. MS Office includes a large collection online and off.

murderslastcrow
April 17th, 2010, 01:27 AM
Don't they have craploads of clipart through an extensions? I guess I've never really need it enough, but my friends have a lot of it and it seems pretty easy for them. But yeah, I can see how that would be an issue for the younger children.

uRock
April 17th, 2010, 02:01 AM
I don't use it because I don't have it, but M$ Office 2007 is my favorite word processor. M$ actually did something right.
*waits for angry fanboys*

I heard it was proven in court that they stole it, just saying. :) Not an angry fan boy though. I am happy with what I have and I try not to worry about things I don't have, cause worrying is just not my thing.

Cheers and beers, it's Friday, lets relax,
Ronnie

Crunchy the Headcrab
April 17th, 2010, 02:17 AM
I'm still an undergrad, but yes I use MS Office for all my school work.

PhilGil
April 17th, 2010, 02:56 AM
I make my living as an Access database developer, so I'm married to MS Office at work. At home I have simpler needs and Open Office suits them just fine.

louis--taylor
April 17th, 2010, 03:06 AM
I do not use any gui word processor!
I only use TaylorType!
taylortype (https://launchpad.net/taylortype)

uRock
April 17th, 2010, 03:08 AM
I do not use any gui word processor!
I only use TaylorType!
https://launchpad.net/taylortype (taylortype)

Bad link.

WinterMadness
April 17th, 2010, 03:21 AM
I dont like Openoffice or MS Office.

But I use Openoffice. I cant stand having my text formatted the way it wants to, or by its presets. I hate that when you paste an image you cant simply click and drag it anywhere, it has to be justified. It drives me freaking crazy.

I use notepad, gedit or kwrite instead if its all text

elmago79
April 17th, 2010, 03:59 AM
I make my living using a word processor, and OpenOffice is the only one that I use. I had to rent a computer last year to use MS for a client that needed very specific formatting and wanted a docx file. But all the hard work was done in OpenOffice, anyway.

Irihapeti
April 17th, 2010, 04:52 AM
I've not used MS Office 2007. I have an old copy of MS Office 2000 running in Wine which I hardly ever use - only for checking compatibility occasionally.

Most of the time, I'm running OpenOffice. I've done (paid) editing jobs with it for University students. I also exchange data with a student whom I'm teaching English. I receive a .doc or .docx file, edit the file with track changes on and put notes in it as well, and then send it back as a .doc file. It does the job fine.

If I had to, I'd go out and buy Office 2007, but it would jolly well have to pay for itself.

Jay Car
April 17th, 2010, 05:07 AM
Haven't used MS Office since sometime in the '90s. Haven't missed it at all. I consider MS Publisher to be an abomination and MS Works a blight on humanity. Blech. (hey, you said to be honest :) )

Linuxforall
April 17th, 2010, 05:23 AM
MS Office 2002 was last MS Office I ever used, Outlook got infected via a virus even though Anti Virus was running, it then mailed to everyone on my list. Also the dreaded word.exe not going out of memory started getting annoying. Ditched MS Office for OO, lived through all its trials and tribulation and use the latest 3.2 in ubuntu, it has come a long way and is now an excellent alternative office suite, wish it had MS Publisher alternate though. For mail I permanently switched to Opera client.

Uncle Spellbinder
April 17th, 2010, 05:34 AM
For word processing and common document creation, I use Abiword. Does the job well.

Genius314
April 17th, 2010, 06:21 AM
I do the complete opposite. I have OpenOffice, even on Windows.
Although that's probably because the only copy of Office that our family has ever owned is like 2000 or something, so I'm basically forced to install OOo in order to keep up with file formats and everything. If I had the latest Office, I might use it on Windows, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

uRock
April 17th, 2010, 06:28 AM
I do the complete opposite. I have OpenOffice, even on Windows.
Although that's probably because the only copy of Office that our family has ever owned is like 2000 or something, so I'm basically forced to install OOo in order to keep up with file formats and everything. If I had the latest Office, I might use it on Windows, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

Same here.

Tom.Gee
April 17th, 2010, 06:28 AM
Its been my experience that every version of M$ Office since Office 97 (remember that paper clip thinggy?) has become increasingly user hostile. I find that Office 2007 blows the lid off that trend exponentially. This I've discovered when my wife had to use 2007 for all her classwork. Any time she'd ask me 'how do I do x, y, or z?', it was an exercise in frustration, as in "in God's name, where did they move that to?" Or, "What have they done to the keyboard shortcut for this?" I've never before had the overwhelming desire to smash computer hardware so much as when forced to use Office 2007. And let me not forget, nor have I ever found myself so-often reaching for the mouse. Not that I've got anything against the mouse - I've been using the same one now for 35 years or so, (here's a pic, my left hand print very visibly worn into the surface - the wallet is there for scale), (http://www.gee.tzo.com:88/se/wallet2.jpg) but 2007 just seems far too mouse heavy for my taste.

I always send documents in RTF format whenever possible. It's a safe common denominator. WordPerfect, OpenOffice, Write.exe, every version of Word, can all read and write to RTF. I never assume what word processor the recipient may have; nevertheless, I've begun receiving files in DOCX format, so given the undesirable alternative, I've begun using OpenOffice. I've found it a pleasant experience thusfar.

cartman640
April 17th, 2010, 07:33 AM
At work (where I actually create/use documents) I work on two machines, one Mac OS, the other Ubuntu so I use either LaTeX or Pages from the iWork suite. I have MS Office too, but I hate it (probably more than any other application), so I'll only use it if I really have to. Not really a fan of Open Office either.

Lightstar
April 17th, 2010, 12:40 PM
For government papers, I have to keep using MS Office.
When things look good in openoffice, sometimes when loading it with MS Office the layout is messed up, some texts are HUGE, the formatting is messed up.

kenweill
April 17th, 2010, 01:19 PM
How many hard core or normal users still use MS Office for their professional work cos to me i feel it is more polished than open office?

Me. I still use MS Office 2007 installed thru wine in ubuntu/kubuntu 8.04. Its most commonly used format here in our area. OpenOffice is not fully compatible with Word/Excel 2007 even if you save it as office 2003 format. OpenOffice files changed when opened in office 2007 and vice versa.

Only, MS Office 2007 installed with wine can't open password protected documents. It always says wrong password eventhough i type in the correct password.

Dayofswords
April 17th, 2010, 01:21 PM
ms office = i hate

not because its a ms product, not cuz its not free(ok a little, i'm cheap) and not because its not open source

but because of its layout, i simply hate the ribbon ui

c00lwaterz
April 17th, 2010, 01:35 PM
for me the ms office is one of the best application. or maybe there are few. not so many but ms office is good.

Khakilang
April 17th, 2010, 03:20 PM
I use mainly Open Office now. MS Office seem a bit slow for me and I don't need all the features.

cph05a
April 17th, 2010, 03:43 PM
I have office 2003 running in crossover. There's no shame in it. Office 2003 had some good products.

infestor
April 17th, 2010, 03:52 PM
i'm not a 'heavy' office suites user, so i prefer ooo.

bikodog
April 17th, 2010, 04:01 PM
I use MS office daily because my employer gives me a laptop loaded with it. Would I gladly trade off getting that same laptop with an open source OS and OpenOffice? You bet.

Unfortunately it is yet another market that MS has dominated through its coercive tactics. Until firms begin to venture out and partner with alternative providers (Sun, etc) using MS office suite will be a fact of life.

gletob
April 17th, 2010, 04:15 PM
I use MS Office because it's more powerful, and feels smoother overall.

Unfortunately it has been getting more "helpful" in an un-helpful sort of way.

MS Publisher is the one app I wish they would create in OpenOffice.

+1

You just summed up everything I was going to say.

meho_r
April 17th, 2010, 04:50 PM
How many hard core or normal users still use MS Office for their professional work cos to me i feel it is more polished than open office?

Define "professional" since I cannot see the link between "*Office*" and "professional".

chessnerd
April 17th, 2010, 04:57 PM
Honestly, yeah, I use Microsoft Office for anything that I turn in for college classes. It seems more polished, easier to use, and has better compatibility with, well, itself.

However, I always take notes in OpenOffice Writer because it has a better outline interface than Word. Other than that I think Microsoft Office is better in just about every respect.

Would I pay for Microsoft Office on Linux? Yes, but only if they didn't make it a "Linux Version" like they did with Office for Mac. I don't know how anyone can work with that piece of garbage-ware, but somehow people manage to navigate around the floating toolbars...