View Poll Results: Would you buy a native Linux version of Microsoft Office?

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  • Yes

    8 22.22%
  • No, I'm not going to support M$

    6 16.67%
  • No, MS Office sucks

    6 16.67%
  • No, I don't pay for software

    3 8.33%
  • No, I only want to use open source software

    5 13.89%
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    Default Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    OpenOffice is a great free alternative and it has some pros and cons compared with Microsoft Office but MSO is totally dominating grammar and spell-check. Sometimes it's also nice to just hand in the .doc without all the trouble with converting from .odt

    The reasons why I don't like MSO is
    1. it's made by Microsoft
    2. It only runs properly on a Windows machine

    I don't want to use or buy Windows since it's such a crappy operating system(a fact not an opinion)

    I hate Microsoft because they're always trying to force me to use Windows and because they are patent trolls but I would definitely have bought a Linux native Office 2003 version. How about you?

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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    I do everything I need with Open Office.
    Would I buy MSO? : No
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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    Nope, OO.o does it all for me.
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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I do everything I need with Open Office.
    Would I buy MSO? : No
    You answered before the poll was finished. And before you ask: I manage well with OO.o is the same alternative ass MSO sucks

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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    Where is the edit button? "as" accidentally got an extra 's'

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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    I voted other because of the most important reasons I use OO are:
    a) it supports open standards (odt, etc.);
    b) it runs on my OS;
    c) it does what I want and I mostly understand what it does (I mostly did not understand what MSO did when I was forced to use it in my office);
    c) and last, it is free, but paying for it would not stop me from using it.

    And as my government supports the use of open standards I can send an .odt to the authorities, they have to swallow it. (It is not directly related to this, but our revenue service have a Linux program for the yearly income tax declaration available on their website).
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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    never have bought M$Orifice and never will (because i used it some a
    couple of years back and didn't like its clunky slow interface..

    OpenOffice does all i need, and more..

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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    I voted yes, because while I prefer Linux over Windows, I still find MS Office easier than OpenOffice (in part because of familiarity) plus the mentioned reason, not having to convert things to doc(x) when distributing to other people.

    I use MS Office 2007 at work and find it is a pretty good version. There are issues of when it wants to do things "for you", but OpenOffice has their own issues too.

    One of the big differences I've found is the lack of a Publisher-like equivalent in OpenOffice with the same ease and intuitiveness. Scribus is powerful, but it is geared towards more professional users and is a little more raw. MS Word will suffice in a pinch, but still is not quite so easy.

    It may be different, but the last time I tried Base, it was waaaay, far behind MS Access in terms of capabilities. MS Access is really a full development platform, between the tables (data), forms and reports combined with VBA capabilities.

    So yes, I would be willing to purchase MS Office if it were a Linux native application. I've tried it through Wine and it just hasn't worked the same.

    Once Office would be made available, then I would be watching for Visual Studio to work natively with Mono and I'd be in pig heaven! That would basically remove 99.9% of my Windows needs!
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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    Voted "no, for other reasons" since I don't have a need for an office suite. When I do, OOo is enough for that

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    Default Re: Would you have bought MSO if a native version existed?

    On Mon, 2010-02-15 at 19:06 +0000, Searching for Answers wrote:
    > OpenOffice is a great free alternative and it has some pros and cons
    > compared with Microsoft Office but MSO is totally dominating grammar and
    > spell-check. Sometimes it's also nice to just hand in the .doc without
    > all the trouble with converting from .odt


    That's a SCHOOL problem (assuming that's what you meant).

    Remember, there ARE places where ODF is the STANDARD format... and
    not Microsoft's formats.

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    > The reasons why I don't like MSO is
    > - it's made by Microsoft
    > - It only runs properly on a Windows machine


    Eh... it doesn't run bad under wine... depends on version of MSO.

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    > I don't want to use or buy Windows since it's such a crappy operating
    > system(a fact not an opinion)


    Ok.

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    > I hate Microsoft because they're always trying to force me to use
    > Windows and because they are patent trolls but I would definitely have
    > bought a Linux native Office 2003 version. How about you?


    Well, I don't like it because of the hidden fees and the forced
    fees for upgrading... but regardless, I'd just use OOo and convert
    to whatever format "they" want. But that's just me.

    In general, Windows users install a LOT of BAD software. You can
    certainly argue that OOo is an example of good software... so why
    can't the recipients install OOo?? Especially given all the
    garbage they've installed already (OOo is better than most of the
    other things they've installed).



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