Microsoft Disses OpenOffice.org with New Video

Redmond recently posted a video to YouTube showcasing the complaints of former-OpenOffice.org users. The people in the video range from IT managers to school teachers and all seem to agree that OpenOffice.org sucks. Bailey Mitchell, Chief Information Officer for Forsyth County Schools evaluates his experience using OpenOffice.org by highlighting how happy everyone was to get back to MS Office.

"When we returned to Microsoft Office after our experience with OpenOffice, you could practically hear a collective sigh of relief across the entire district," he's quoted as saying in the video. His is one of the more extreme pro-Microsoft comments present in the clip. Most of the comments revolve around cost for support and problems with compatibility. Some of the customers quoted in the video also felt that compatibility issues led to decreased employee productivity and low morale. All told there isn't a single good thing said about OpenOffice.org.

Ars Technica reports that Microsoft put the video on private soon after it posted a story on it but the video is now back to being publicly available. The ability to comment, however, has been disabled.

An Oracle spokesperson for OpenOffice.org declined to comment on the video, as did a spokesperson for Microsoft Office.

Source: YouTube via Ars Technica

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  • Is it just me or did Microsoft make this video because it feels threatened by OpenOffice.org?
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  • well it's still free and more than enough for most people
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  • as long as it prints and it is free I am damn happy
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  • as long as it prints and it is free I am damn happy
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  • well it's still free and more than enough for most people
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  • Oh please. I use open office daily, an don't have to maintain it. The update manager does it. And also I have had no problems between MS Office and Open Office. I'm disappointed in you Microsoft. And anyways it took me only two weeks to get used to it.
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