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5Mar/06Off

Insults, Lies, And Other Aspects Of Office Marketing

If you've had any real experience with Open Office other than hurriedly pointing out its alleged deficiencies as a substitute for, you know, actual comparisons of functionality (or, better yet, functionality between different office suites) then you might find this bit of shit talking about, you guessed it, the deficiencies of Open Office when compared with Microsoft Office as knee slappingly hilarious as I do.

I am glad that I don't have to version pimp anything as part of my job because the end result paired with an apparent ignorance of what exactly the competition has to offer is embarrassing. I've managed to use OOo pretty transparently between three platforms and even for a class that served as nothing more than an indoctrination into MS Office userhood. We spent an entire class covering the use of clip art. I'm serious. I've never had a significant issue with compatibility between formats when doing assignments, writing documentation, or creating fairly complex spreadsheets intended for grading by a dyed in the wool shill that refused to acknowledge that there were even any alternatives to MS Office. She never knew the difference. I expect that most users would not be able to tell the difference either given that the entire purpose of the aforementioned class was to use as many of the features of Office (XP, in this case) until the documents we produced were nothing more than the side effect of those features piled up like something out of Fred Sanford's worst nightmares. To be honest, I kind of liked Office 2k. Why? Because it didn't feel like it was trying to tackle me and forcibly integrate itself into every aspect of my computer use. I used it under CodeWeavers Crossover Office for the better part of a semester. When the XP version was released it felt like a huge bloated mess that came out of the box broken and a good deal of that patching mayhem had to do with Outlook which Yates tries to pitch as an important feature. I feel the same way about 2003 which we've experimentally deployed on some machines at work. A new version should offer something more than the fresh hell of new problems and compatibility issues with documents created with legacy versions of the software. I'm guessing that would be a much more effective business plan than the fabrication of deficiencies to mudsling at the competition. Man, trying to compete with OOo on price is just foolishness.

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