MS Office vs. Openoffice?


Which do you have/Prefer

  1. I own MS Office and hate OpenOffice

    1 vote(s)
  2. I own MS Office, but am neutral about OpenOffice

    13 vote(s)
  3. I own OpenOffice, and hate MS Office

    3 vote(s)
  4. I own OpenOffice, and am neutral about MS Office

    6 vote(s)
  5. What's OpenOffice?

    1 vote(s)
  6. What's MS Office?

    0 vote(s)
  7. I don't use a word processor/I use something else (specify)

    2 vote(s)
  8. I own MS Office and prefer OpenOffice over it.

    1 vote(s)
  9. I own OpenOffice and prefer MS Office over it.

    4 vote(s)
By cfitzarl ยท 21 replies
Jun 12, 2007
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  1. I was just wondering which you prefer and/or have :D ! I have Openoffice and I'm happy with it so far....well....I've really only used the spreadsheet, but it was exactly like Excel (feature wise).
  2. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Where the option "I own MS Office and prefer OO over it"?
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    Lol, I would add it, but I can't edit the poll :S .
  4. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    Just the fact that OO is free and supports practically everything that MS Office does makes it my winn4r!
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    OpenOffice is kinda cool, but the Draw program doesn't even compare with MS Publisher.

    I still prefer MS Office over OpenOffice.
  6. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Wow, I don't think I have ever been so clueless. What are they?
  7. RamenNoodles

    RamenNoodles TS Rookie Posts: 83

    open office is free, plain and simple.
  8. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    OpenOffice Draw is a part of OpenOffice that you can use to design stuff like maybe cards, advertisements, etc. Microsoft Publisher, a part of certain versions of MS Office, does that too; but I think Publisher is better.

    Considering the price, however...
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Where is the option that says I love Open Office, and I love Microsoft Office Version ____
    There are still way too many tasks for MS Office, than Open Office cannot do...
    But Open Office is getting better every month...
    When it will create all the files that MS Office does, and when it will read all the files MS Office does, then it is the winner.
    Unfortunately, in the work environment, MS Office is out ahead. In the college and personal use department, there is no reason to spend all that money on Microsoft products.
  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    Sorry, I can't edit the poll, I would add these options though :( .
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I have a legal copy of Office 2007, and I must say it is the first major advancement in the "Office" world since 97. Now I'm not a power user so perhaps some major advancements have been made between 97 and 2003, but visually and ease of use are much improved in 2007.

    I've been using NeoOffice on OS X and it is alright. Incredibly slow to load up though, and it doesn't do the only Excel macros I've ever needed to use. Its pretty good for tossing together something but interoperability with MS Office on a more complex level just doesn't work well. One thing that is fantastic about OO/NeoOffice is it natively can save to pdf.
  12. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    I use both. Open Office on my Ubuntu PC, and MS Office 2003 on my RIG.
  13. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Doesn't MS Office 2007 save to PDF? Or is that only an add-on?

    I had used the beta version of MS Office 2007, and once I got used to the new GUI in Word, I liked it. I do remember that I could save documents to PDF, but I think that may have been an add-on.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Probably can, I haven't needed to yet. But OO has been doing that for a long time, MS just now got around to it.
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    The Office Suites are bundled/integrate programs, some of which are usefull and to others,
    portions are useless or better performed by other software. The basics of any
    Office Suite is the word processor and spreadsheet programs.
    The other portions are like candy to a kid; not necessary for day to day use.

    The BIGGEST issue for an Office Suite is compatibility with your correspondents!
    Office implies business and a team of others with which you exchange documents.
    Thus your documents must be able to be processed by their software as well as easy to use by you :)
    At the worst case, you can save as ... into a common format, such as
    RTF(word) or CSV(spreadsheets) but risk loosing things like colored backgrounds.

    Yes, there are many nice components to MS Office, Publisher, Draw, Access,
    Outlook (email+calendar+contacts), but each of these have competing offerings from other vender's.

    So the real issues for MS vs OO is price, support, and B L O A T.
    The subtle benefit for OO(OpenOffice) is it's compatible across platforms,
    which is HUGE in my opinion.
  16. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    I have both. I have Office XP on my main desktop PC, and I have Office 2007 on my laptop. However, I also have OpenOffice installed on all PCs.

    I'm just a big fan of open-source software. OpenOffice gives you a clone of MS Office with a more attractive price tag.
  17. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    AGREED :) better support too!
  18. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    No, there are a lot of networked systems, and special software programs that simply will not work reliably with components of OO. Anytime you are using a number of software packages that need access or exporting to and from MS Office, you better test to assure that they will work as well with OO as they do with MSO
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Open Office is great. I use open source almost exclusivly on my computers. OO is one of the best things that ever came out in the PC world. I also use Mozilla browser, Firefox broswer, 7Z compression programs, Crap cleaner, Spybot Search & Destroy, Ad-aware, Thunderbird email, Sunbird Calandar program, and other free programs. There really is no need to buy commercial when there are so many good free software programs out there.

    Now if they could only make an open source PDF editor instead of having to buy Adobe standard or professional. There are free readers out there, but I would like a PDF editor that's open source.
  20. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Hate is such a strong word.. so I voted neutral.

    At work I use OpenOffice, and every now and then someone in this building asks me to print / convert an OpenDocument file or something else they can't open with MS Office. Apparently some people are beginning to realize there are alternatives to Microsoft's applications.

    At home I don't have either installed - I simply have no need for such applications. If I happen to stumble upon a Word document or something, I use AbiWord to open it, or if it's a result from Google search, I read its HTML-converted version.
  21. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487

    I have Office 2007 it is one of the best Microsoft Products IMO. The 2007 edition of office has been totally transformed from the previous edition. You have to use it to appreciate it.

    If you use Office apps alot then YOU MUST get Office 2007.
  22. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I loved Office 2007...but unfortunately, the free beta expired.

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