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Having hummed and hawed, I've decided NOT to buy a Mac (nice, but about 40% overpriced) and to buy a Windows-based laptop. If I don't buy Microsoft Office, will Open Office do everything instead, b… Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Having hummed and hawed, I've decided NOT to buy a Mac (nice, but about 40% overpriced) and to buy a Windows-based laptop.

If I don't buy Microsoft Office, will Open Office do everything instead, but free?

Are there any other (free) alternatives to buying Microsoft Office?
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
yes it will
banned#2
Open Office is fine for most people's needs.

Macs aren't overpriced imo.
#4
It's eight months since I last tried Open Office, and it's put me off for a long, long time. I think to say that it's fine for most people is an insult to their standards, because I found it a hideously buggy mess. Seriously, version 3.0 of an app shouldn't have so many bugs that I can encounter four of them within just a few minutes of running their Excel clone. I shouldn't have to make excuses when I show people my work, and explain that all the screwed-up bits are the fault of Open Office. It's so unprofessional. Whether it's improved much by now I don't know, but the fact that basic bugs remained as far into the suite's life destroys all confidence I could have in it. But then, I suppose it's free to give it a shot, so you might as well if you have time.
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FilthAndFurry;6056904
Open Office is fine for most people's needs.

Macs aren't overpriced imo.


Get me one then!:thumbsup:
#6
dxx;6057302
It's eight months since I last tried Open Office, and it's put me off for a long, long time. I think to say that it's fine for most people is an insult to their standards, because I found it a hideously buggy mess. Seriously, version 2.1 of an app shouldn't have so many bugs that I can encounter four of them within just a few minutes of running their Excel clone. I shouldn't have to make excuses when I show people my work, and explain that all the screwed-up bits are the fault of Open Office. It's so unprofessional. Whether it's improved much by now I don't know, but the fact that basic bugs remained as far into the suite's life destroys all confidence I could have in it. But then, I suppose it's free to give it a shot, so you might as well if you have time.


Converting from MS-Office docs to OpenOffice, and more importantly, converting back, is pretty buggy and messes up a few things. But then thats hardly OO's fault - in the long run, open-source document formats are a much better idea that the proprietary, locked-down that the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Adobe have pushed for years :thumbsup:
#7
jah128
Converting from MS-Office docs to OpenOffice, and more importantly, converting back, is pretty buggy and messes up a few things. But then thats hardly OO's fault - in the long run, open-source document formats are a much better idea that the proprietary, locked-down that the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Adobe have pushed for years :thumbsup:


If only that was the case. My mangled spreadsheet was a fresh new, all-OOS creation. It's just terrible coding, and even-worse bug testing all by them.

I think the mentality of open-sourcers is the problem with OOS. Open source strikes me as being the lazy person's way to develop software, in the sense that it seems to be that everyone contributes their bit, and if they can't figure out how to make it work or can't be bothered to fix it, the onus is on the development community to do it. It works to an extent because there's so many utterly brilliant people in that OS dev community, but then it just seems to fail miserably somehow. I guess, people just get bored, and lose interest when they have to do the bug fixing. I don't mind admitting to you my geekish love for software development. It's really, really exciting, and it's so gratifying to produce something that works and that works really well. It's kind-of magic when someone smiles with surprise that the app you toiled to create does something for them so easily. But after that high, bug fixing is just horrible. So many headaches in trying to figure out why something that works perfectly on one machine just randomly doesn't on another. I think that's when the brilliant devs give up and pass it on to the community, and from there, where things go unfixed because it's everyone or no-one's job. Although I think I'm rambling.
#8
It will do everything Office does, but is a LONG way behind Micrsoft in terms of usability, features and non buggyness.
#9
dxx
It's eight months since I last tried Open Office... version 2.1 of an app shouldn't have so many bugs ....


Hang on a minute, it's 8 months since you tried a piece of software that was superseded over two years ago..........Version 2.1 came out in Dec 2006, version 2.2 in March 2007 and it's now on version 3.1 with 3.2 due in November......Do you often try old versions of software and find them lacking compared with up to date products from competitors, or did you stop updating MS Office in 2006 for a fair comparison? :whistling:
#10
megalomaniac
Hang on a minute, it's 8 months since you tried a piece of software that was superseded over two years ago..........Version 2.1 came out in Dec 2006, version 2.2 in March 2007 and it's now on version 3.1 with 3.2 due in November......Do you often try old versions of software and find them lacking compared with up to date products from competitors, or did you stop updating MS Office in 2006 for a fair comparison? :whistling:


Oh, it must've been version 3.0, then. No, I don't often compare old versions of software with new stuff, but relying on an 8 month old memory of two vague numbers, I do sometimes get mixed up. Whatever, the version I downloaded and used in December of last year was the version I got direct from the Open Office site, and the fact that the bugs that I experienced made it as far as version 3 is even more shameful.
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dxx;6059708
Oh, it must've been version 3.0, then. No, I don't often compare old versions of software with new stuff, but relying on an 8 month old memory of two vague numbers, I do sometimes get mixed up. Whatever, the version I downloaded and used in December of last year was the version I got direct from the Open Office site, and the fact that the bugs that I experienced made it as far as version 3 is even more shameful.


Shameful? A bit harsh! I assume you reported the 'bugs' to the relevant people? Or maybe not.

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