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in the last few days, Microsoft Office has been playing up on me. I go to load Windows, and it just doesn’t. I don’t know what’s wrong and I’ve tried all the technical tricks I know to get it working (which is a pretty limited bag of tricks I have to admit). So, I’ve decided to ditch it.

At CeBIT when I was talking to the Open Source people, they gave me a copy of the Unbuntu CD which has Open Office included on it. I’ve used Writer and Calc so far… and so far they’re proving just as good as Word and Excel.
At this rate, I’m going to be quite happy to ditch Office for ever and switch to Open Office. Do you know of any reason why I shouldn’t?

  1. Only reasons I see not to switch would be: 1) you’re a masochist, 2) you enjoy fighting your software and wasting your time. If they don’t apply, go for it!

  2. The vet clinic where Meg works have just switched to Open Office, after looking at how much it’d cost them to upgrade their copy of MS Office. They seem happy so far.

  3. it is sounding very much as though ditching MS Office for Open Office is a very fine idea.

    so, as far as we know, compatability with MS Office is all good? (I’ve had no troubles so far). Unfortunately, I guess the majority of people I work with will still be using MS Office. Anyone got any experience with compatability being problematic?

    (oh, and when are Open Office going to do a version of Visio?!) :)

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