I would be interested in what the problems where. We use Openoffice here and
the complaints can be boiled down to two types:
1. I have open/saved as MS Office and the formatting has gone wrong.
2. In MS Office I do xyz and I can't/don't know how to in OpenOffice.
Problems with formatting have improved but its not and never will be perfect.
We send our documents out of the company as pdf. If they were expecting a
seamless interchange of editable documents with MS Office users they will be
The second problem usually involves people who have no concept of how to use
the help system.
Are you going to share your ideas on making the transition less painful???
On Tuesday 20 September 2005 23:19, Niall O Broin wrote:
>On 20 Sep 2005, at 21:14, PJ Wall wrote:
>> I am very interested in this. As some of you might know, I have just
>> completed my MBS thesis in UCD on the use of Open Source software in a
>> fairly big Irish organisation. The organisation switched from MS to
>> StarOffice a few years ago, experienced many problems, and are now on
>> the verge of dumping StarOffice to return to MS Office.
>>Has that decision been made? Have they looked at newer versions of Star
>Office, or Open Office? Certainly the Star Office of a few years ago
>was much less capable than it is today.
>>> I might have something to contribute, as I have looked in detail at
>> why the StarOffice implementation was so problematic, and I have a
>> number of ideas as to how organisations considering a migration to OSS
>> can make the transition "less painful".
>>I'd be very interested in such a presentation (though I suspect I'm not
>part of Braun's target demographic).
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