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open office, when your used to MS office

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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
I am buying my aunt a laptop for her 60th birthday, she is used to Microsoft office, but with all things it was a pre installed copy and therefore not transferable to this new laptop

What are peoples feeling about using open office, when your just okay with MS office? change isnt her strong point!

what do you think, any comments grateful received.

(think money savings here on her part!!)
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Who are you buying the laptop from? I would be tempted to try to screw them for a copy of MS Office to go with it.
#2
My Mum didn't even notice the difference when I switched her until she tried emailing a document to someone with MS office and they couldn't read it and she used office all the time. My Dad noticed but found OpenOffice better for his needs, although the whole odt/doc file format thing confused them both the first few times they soon got the hang of it.

EDIT: Actually the only complaints I've ever heard first hand from a switcher was a guy at uni who saw the splash screen and refused to use it because it wasn't Microsoft (grumpy old sod).
#3
cis_groupie
Who are you buying the laptop from? I would be tempted to try to screw them for a copy of MS Office to go with it.


To be honest I was hoping to get an XP operating system, but dell have long waits for their base model, so I'm looking at Comet as they have two that have good specs and built in modem...she is still on 56k not broadband!
#4
megalomaniac


EDIT: Actually the only complaints I've ever heard first hand from a switcher was a guy at uni who saw the splash screen and refused to use it because it wasn't Microsoft (grumpy old sod).


Not fussed as long as it works, I'm leaving the area so I need something she will be able to use without my being around to always help out

I'm a big fan of free software and have the virus sorted with Avast, will probably use Thunderbird for email and she will have works included anyway
#5
tlck9
Not fussed as long as it works, I'm leaving the area so I need something she will be able to use without my being around to always help out

I'm a big fan of free software and have the virus sorted with Avast, will probably use Thunderbird for email and she will have works included anyway


In that case buy her a Mac :thumbsup:. I used to get several calls a week from my dad with computer issues when he used Windows and only slighly fewer when I switched them to Ubuntu but since he treated himself to a Macbook Pro the only question I've had to answer has been to remind him of his Wireless network key and mum keeps moaning about him spending so much time on it :giggle:.
#6
Open office is excellent. I use it at home and at work (Although i use Neooffice at work which is open office but in a better to use format)

I have office 2000/2003/2007 but find that they take up a lot of resources, i don't miss any of their features at all.

With all things its best to download a copy and try it out for yourself.

Hope this helps,

Chris
#7
megalomaniac
In that case buy her a Mac :thumbsup:. .


Agreed completely, I use a mac and I'm certainly a convert - mac are so much easier and I dont get half the shutdowns and illegal operations I did with windows...

alas I dont have that sort of money, and Apple unfortunetly dont have a Laptop in the up to £350 range otherwise everyone would have one!:thumbsup:
#8
I have mixed feelings about Open Office as a replacement for MS Office - I personally use it on my own machines as it works great for what I need and I like the fact it's less intrusive than MS Office.

The main problem I find with it is incompatibility, although it generally does a very good job with the MS formats I find the more features you use the more likely you are to have issues when used on an MS Office system. Also it does do things a little differently to MS Office, I find myself hunting for an option which isn't where I'm expecting it to be.

So far I tend to stick with MS Office for relatives if they've used it at work just to try and remove as many potential issues as possible.

John
#9
I've got a 60 days trial with the laptop for ms office and I've installed open office for my aunt to check out....we'll see how she gets on

Thansk for your comments
banned#10
The only thing that irritates me about Open Office is the fact that i cant use Ctrl + Shift + . to increase font size and Ctrl + Shift + , to decrease font size.

Other than that, I think its a good piece of software that is just right for my needs.
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