OpenOffice Is 10 Years Behind MS Office? Thats Fine!

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-03-08 Print this article Print

Opinion: A free, open-source office software suite with all the features you need. Where's the problem? (

In an interview with Australian online technology newspaper IT Wire, Alan Yates, general manager of business strategy for Microsofts information worker group, said is about where MS Office was 10 years ago. That is to say, Microsoft seems to think is only good for single-desktop users. And, thats a problem because...?
I dont get it.
I use OO.o ( 2 every day. It works. It has all the features I need. Its fast. Its reliable. I can send files from it via e-mail directly from my application. Its also secure, unlike Office. Click here to read more about the latest iteration of OpenOffice, Version 2.01. And, its file format can also be read now and forever after by any program that uses the ODF (Open Document Format). Oh, and did I mention that OO.o doesnt cost a penny, while Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 lists for $499? OK, I give up, whats the problem with OO.o again? Lets get real for a minute. There has not been a significant upgrade in Office suite functionality, from anyone, since, oh, Office 97. Read the full story on OpenOffice is ten years behind MS Office? Thats just fine! Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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