Eight compelling reasons why you should not even think of using Office 2007?


I read Eight compelling reasons why you should not even think of using Office 2007, and I think I would like to respond to these “eight compelling reasons”.

  1. New default file formats? Microsoft offers the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack so that users of Office XP and Office 2003 can work with the new file formats. I am not really worried about OpenOffice, since I do not know anyone who uses it. If you really need to, save as .DOC or PDF from within Office 2007.
  2. OOXML is Evil? FUD from the open source, anti-Microsoft crowd. While I do not support fast-tracking OOXML (or anything else) through ISO, the rest of the rhetoric is just noise propagated (largely) by Microsoft’s competitors (remember, they are in this to make money, too).
  3. The learning curve? The learning curve on the UI is minimal, unless you are a potato.
  4. Need too much hardware? I am running quite nicely on a 2 year old Tablet PC with a 1.5 GHz Centrino, and 1 gb of RAM. Hardly a high end machine.
  5. You will get viruses? More FUD. The DOCX format is safer than the .DOC format.
  6. Open Source is Good for the World? This is a philosophical opinion. If that is the way your philosophy points you, then by all means, stick with OpenOffice.
  7. You have to pay for it? No argument there – if you cannot afford to buy it, don’t buy it.
  8. It is proprietary? More FUD. Apple is worse the MS in terms of being proprietary, but no one cares, right?

Just my thoughts. Cheers 

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2 Replies to “Eight compelling reasons why you should not even think of using Office 2007?”

  1. So by that argument, since most employers (especially those who want you to have MS Office experience) want you to have experience with PCs, this means that everybody should get a PC for free, so they can learn. Or any other software you may need? Or if you want to be a mechanice, someone should give you the tools for free because you need them to learn?

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  2. > You have to pay for it? No argument there – if you cannot afford to buy it, don’t buy it.
    Ok so you exclude people who have not the money from using this software. Guess what is important when you are searching for a job. What does your employer wants from you? YES experiences in MS office.
    and how do you gain it? either you have the money or you have to get it “otherwise”.
    Not a really pleasant situation.
    So this is NOT fud

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