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Microsoft Disses OpenOffice.org with New Video

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OpenOffice.org is an attractive suite of software applications for a lot of people, mostly because it's a money-saving alternative to Microsoft Office. However, Microsoft is eager to point out that the best things in (office) life often aren't free.

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.

A Few Perspectives on OpenOffice.org

Source: YouTube via Ars Technica

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  • 35 Hide
    ruffopurititiwang , October 15, 2010 2:23 AM
    Is it just me or did Microsoft make this video because it feels threatened by OpenOffice.org?
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    TheDuke , October 15, 2010 2:19 AM
    well it's still free and more than enough for most people
  • 31 Hide
    kelfen , October 15, 2010 2:16 AM
    as long as it prints and it is free I am damn happy
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  • 31 Hide
    kelfen , October 15, 2010 2:16 AM
    as long as it prints and it is free I am damn happy
  • 33 Hide
    TheDuke , October 15, 2010 2:19 AM
    well it's still free and more than enough for most people
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    RailGun88 , October 15, 2010 2:20 AM
    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.
  • 35 Hide
    ruffopurititiwang , October 15, 2010 2:23 AM
    Is it just me or did Microsoft make this video because it feels threatened by OpenOffice.org?
  • 17 Hide
    cronik93 , October 15, 2010 2:24 AM
    Microsoft is disgusting.
  • 26 Hide
    Anonymous , October 15, 2010 2:25 AM
    Microsoft Office can do so much that Open Office can't do. All of it useful to the businessmen. For practical home use, Microsoft Office is a waste of money in most cases.
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    mwilliam12 , October 15, 2010 2:26 AM
    Of course this comes on the heels of Microsoft increasing their prices for Office 2010 from 4% to as much as 10% per license! 10s of thousands of dollars for a large company to buy volume licenses for their product. I can see why "free" is an attractive option.
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    mwilliam12 , October 15, 2010 2:27 AM
    Source... http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-office-2010-enterprise-pricing-you-win-some-you-lose-some/6134
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    bpislife , October 15, 2010 2:28 AM
    For home users there is openoffice.org. For offices that is StarOffice - though now it is oracle open office. "If it breaks, who fixes it?" Oracle.

    Though I still love MS Office.
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    Yuka , October 15, 2010 2:29 AM
    alikumThat may be the case for home user. Have you ever thought of how a business is going to survive without Microsoft Office (or an alternative which doesn't suck)? They don't just view and print, they actually work with it. I have worked with both OO.o and MS Office and I'm glad I never have to touch OO.o again. Some software are necessities, MS Office being one.


    Well, I'm sure as hell you didn't have to deal with the "x" files vs the MSO2003 regular ones, huh?

    Off course everything will work fine without giving another software some degree of support inside your own software, doh!

    Anyway, free or not, MS Excel just kicks the hell out of anything out there in every possible way, that's truth. But Word, PP and Outlook? Not so much and they can be easily replaced with almost anything out there.

    Big companies don't need flashy things for their reports IMO. There's no bling bling in memos.

    Cheers!
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    purist , October 15, 2010 2:31 AM
    I regularly use the Word Processing and Spreadsheet functionality of both Open Office and MS Office and both products have their strong and weak points. There are certainly features that could be easier to use or better written in OO but MSO is hardly perfect either.

    The most irritating thing I have found is that new versions of MSO usually require me to get used to a new interface and it can be wearing, particularly when moving from one firm to another with each on a different version. OO doesn't make me re-learn as much.

    That said, both are excellent and do as much as I and my clients require. That OO is free makes it the obvious choice for the home or non-corporate user though.
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    tayb , October 15, 2010 2:32 AM
    OpenOffice works great for churning out word documents but that's about it. If you need anything else in the MS Office Suite the OpenOffice version can't even come close to competing. Try switching from Excel to OO spreadsheets and you will want to pull your hair out.
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    jojesa , October 15, 2010 2:37 AM
    All that crap in the video had happened to me over the years using Microsoft Office suites.
    So what's the difference?
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    killerclick , October 15, 2010 2:38 AM
    wasabiman123How is this not expected from a free software, you generally get what your pay for...


    Flame bait. :) 
    Not to say that MS Office isn't better than OpenOffice.org but there are numerous example of free (both as in beer and speech) software that is superior to proprietary alternatives. For example, 455 out of the top 500 supercomputers run on Linux. Two thirds of the web is served by Apache web servers. Firefox is also free. Etc.
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2010 2:38 AM
    of course ms-office is better than openoffice, but the $100 bills in my pocket is way better...
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    liveonc , October 15, 2010 2:42 AM
    MS Office is great, if you can afford it. I can't see how criticizing something free will make pirates want to pay for MS Office though. So unless MS wants to offer their stuff for free, they should at least be interested in people who don't want to pay, using something that's free. Even if people can afford to use MS, if they don't want to pay for it, they don't want to pay for it. ;-)
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    stm1185 , October 15, 2010 2:44 AM
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    That OO is free makes it the obvious choice for the home or non-corporate user though.


    I used to use openoffice at home; but now just use Google Docs, or MS Office on Windows Live. There just does not seem to be any needed functionality in OpenOffice that is really necessary for personal use; that you can not get out of the free web tools out there.
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    killerclick , October 15, 2010 2:46 AM
    Yeah, and Microsoft is doing this for a reason... I wonder what could it be... :) 
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    zachary k , October 15, 2010 3:00 AM
    spellcheck? got it
    read MS office and other file formats? got that.
    print? yup
    i am happy, if MS office was 60 dollars or less, and i can install it on all my PCs, i would buy it.
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