... Market research has apparently shown that consumers tend to confuse Office Starter with a full office suite....
It should read most consumers tend to confuse windows and Microsoft office... I get this all the time....
Customer "So does this have windows installed on it?"
Customer "So it has word?"
Me "No thats office"
Customer "I dont understand...."
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If you get that all the time, I feel very sorry for you. And I'm amazed that you haven't killed anyone yet.
about 4 or 5 times a week, and I am amazed as well....
Advertising supported MS-Office Lite isn't worth it when Open Office is free and does it all.
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Open office is great for home users, as long as they are not working with highly complex excel spreadsheets. There are some minor compatibility issues there (along with a few other places). I have Open Office and Office Professional 2007 (isn't military discount pricing great? Cost me $20) installed on my home machine.
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I didn't like Microsoft Works that much but this is a much horrid replacement, I thought if they offered advertisement in it then it would actually be free. I guess not since it's only avaliable to OEM's for $2 to $5 dollars. I don't even get why they'd need a starter version.
At least what the people should do is uninstall Office Starter and install OpenOffice, that offers much more functionality then Starter will ever have.
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My wife took a college "computer systems" class. Which basically turned out to be the instructor reading from a Microsoft-created lesson book, asking the students to demonstrate that they knew where all the menu options were (and not that they understood any underlying concepts) in MS Office apps.
OpenOffice worked so well that my wife was able to do all the assignments (finding the equivalent menu item on her own and saving in MSOffice formats) that she got a perfect score (and she uses computers as little as possible).
So, I highly doubt that the average person does anything with spreadsheets that won't work fine in OpenOffice. I suggest everyone try OpenOffice first. When it fails to meet your needs, file a bug/wishlist report (so that OO can get better) and go to MS Office if you must.
I do agree with you on one thing: MS Office is probably worth $20. Unfortunately, those of us not defending the country (you're appreciated!) or being actively locked-in as students get charged $500+ to put the *BASIC* version on a couple of PCs... while we can get unlimited OpenOffice full licenses for free.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
$20.00 Office is a great deal, you guys and gals in the armed forces deserve all of the perks you get, and much more.
Fact is that If I wanted to I could install MS Office 2007 for free. Many of the people I know have offered it to me. There are way too many free versions of very functional software available today to keep handing over cash when it's not necessary to do. Anti-Virus software being a prime example.
I have a few Office 2003 versions that are licensed and they still work fine , but an ADVERTISING supported, crippled Office program is not worth it, no way, no how.
(FREE) Open Office is the better choice under those circumstances. It really works well folks.
I used OpenOffice for quite awhile. I agree that its' an absolutely serviceable program. I switched back to Office (after using OO for a year) because I flatly got tired of OO's speed or lack thereof. Once a document was opened, OO was fine, but when it came to rapid-fire opening a number of documents or launching the program after previously closing it, OO couldn't hold a candle to Office.
If my only options were paying whatever ridiculous price MS thinks Office is worth or OO, I'd take OO every time.
>> but when it came to rapid-fire opening a number of documents or launching the program after previously closing it, OO couldn't hold a candle to Office.
You should have used it on Linux, where it still would have been cached in RAM. :D Comes up pretty much instantly on every invocation.
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