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30th August, 2010 at 18:33:50 -


Originally Posted by Jon Lambert

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Microsoft Office? You mean the software you have to pay for to do the same stuff that OpenOffice does for free?

I paid $20 for my copy of Microsoft Office because I'm a university student, but I had OpenOffice before and completely hated it. I used Google Docs instead of OpenOffice because I disliked it that much despite the limited features of Google Docs (although it had cloud convenience.) OpenOffice, to me, always seemed very slow and clumsy, and whether I saved a file in .doc or .odt (or whatever that filetype is) it never seemed to be properly formatted when I loaded it up on a school computer or reloaded the saved .doc. I just hated it so much.



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what is wrong with you jon? openoffice is a godsend.

 
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30th August, 2010 at 20:52:05 -

A godsend as long as you do not care about formatting between Word/OO or diagrams. I know the formatting problem most people would blame on MS - but come on how long has this problem existed?

You can get office for 50 as a student, and IMO its worth it. Not many Uni's have OO installed, so good luck making those last minute changes to your report - "Damn all my formatting has gone screwy! Aieeeeeee"

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30th August, 2010 at 21:14:26 -

Most universities have it for even cheaper. Office 07 was $12 and Windows 7 Ultimate was $7 at my old school.

Ha, went from ribbons to OpenOffice. Why do we even try to stay on track?

 

  		
  		

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30th August, 2010 at 21:26:10 -

Office 2003 is still the best. It has a proper interface (none of that ribbon crap you're talking about), 99% of the features found in 2007, good compatibility with other versions (incl. 2007 via a plugin), and you can buy a copy now for 20 - which is easily worth it when you consider how badly the alternative (Open Office) sucks.

 
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30th August, 2010 at 23:00:56 -

This is the UK remember OMC (i.e. a complete and utter rip off) - and it is the full version (not home and student) via the MS Ultimate Steal - although you can get home and student a little bit cheaper. Some microsoft academic alliances do it very cheap or free along with free Windows (usually 7 or XP on offer).

@Sketchy: I prefer 2003 myself as well - who is selling it now? When I built my new PC all I could find was 07

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30th August, 2010 at 23:54:00 -

You're right - I just looked and (I suppose unsurprisingly) I couldn't find new copies anywhere except Ebay.

 
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31st August, 2010 at 05:07:09 -

what do you mean formatting between word/oo or diagrams? ive never had any problems.



 
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31st August, 2010 at 12:21:43 -

Saving as a doc file in OO Writer and opening in MS Word usually looses a lot of formatting and editability for me. I tried doing it for a while on my 3rd degree (with a new PC) but I just gave up with the hassle and brought Office. Maybe okay if your doing simple written documents or if your uni has OO installed as well as office, but try swapping between OO and MS Office with a document full of equations, tables and graphs - its not fun.

Also the drawing tools in OO itself are really quite poor, sure they work but the results look really crude.

 
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31st August, 2010 at 16:22:56 -

I had the exact same experience when I was at Uni (admittedly a long time ago now). I'd prepare my reports at home, using Open Office, and then when I came to try and print them on the Uni computers (running MS Office), the formatting would be all messed up.

If you're like me, sending out resumes to potential employers (who have requested .doc format), it's absolutely vital that the formatting and presentation are perfect (let's face it - they're not exactly going to be blown away by my experience and qualifications ).
If you're just doing stuff that you'll print out at home or whatever, then I guess OO is fine.

 
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