The differences between openoffice and msword?

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  1. Eggbert69

    Eggbert69 Member

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    Well, one is free one isn't.
    I've used both at school, and I can't figure out what the difference is?
    Are there special features that I can't find somewhere?
     
  2. ACodingFettish

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    word does have more features, though none all that important, except maybe commenting of documents & filling out of forms (not sure if OO has this?)

    the main difference is that open office does not render alot of .DOC files properly, anything with objects in it it has trouble, so you can open a document and have text boxes, pictures etc all over the place.
     
  3. Rational

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    The latest version of Office (2007) is leaps and bounds ahead of OpenOffice however Office 2003 is very comparable to Openoffice.

    Office 2007 has a much improved ribbon interface which means everything is much easier to find and things generally get done quicker once you are used to it. Also many tools have improved since Office 2003 in that they either function better or look better and more professional.

    Feature wise they are fairly similar, but Office 2007 has a better fit and finish and generally works a bit more seamlessly. If you are interested in just the features, OpenOffice should suffice.
     
  4. gregzeng

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    Microsoft software uses far more drive space, even for documents

    Wife uses Office. I edit it in Open Office - same document. Microsoft software uses far more drive space, even for documents.

    We don't do complex stuff - just academics. Business users might notice other differences.
     
  5. nexx

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    Word has a better interface and is loaded with features. But I find OO more than capable for the basic word processing I do.
     
  6. zeeth

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    I have a new laptop & no longer have Office 2003. I installed OpenOffice, which seems to be pretty much the same in terms of terminology & layout, just a bit more, well, archaic, if that's the word. I'm living without Outlook quite happily (vista mail & calendar is pretty much identical for the limited features I need) so I only need to work to & from .doc & .xls files, as well as a powerpoint compatible program for the preteen daughters' homework. Pdf creation is a nice bonus.

    I've just downloaded IBM/Lotus Symphony (free, as of a week ago) which promises to do what I want, but I really only want to invest my few remaining learning braincells in one application.

    I've always assumed that ALL businesses ran MS Office, but it now seems that Lotus Notes is more common than I thought.

    Does anyone reccomend going with Lotus? Any Symphony users out there?
     
  7. fyrestorm

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    I tried open office, didn't like it so much. I'm current using AbiWord, also open source but the interface is more inline with that of Word 2003 and I find it easier to use, it also has the benefits of mangling styles less than word :) I use the other open office applications sparingly and I'm reasonably happy with them.
     
  8. Aratahu

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    YMMV, but I'm finding that I really like the user interface updates done to the 2007 version of MS Office. It is the first major facelift it has received for as long as I can remember (and I used Word taking notes on my b/w AST laptop back in UNI 15 years ago).

    It takes a bit of time to unlearn the old one, but the new version is a much better environment in which to churn out those fantastically exciting system documentation / specifications.

    Doesn't hurt if it runs on a quad core powered Vista machine either. Very smooth.
     
  9. platinum

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    Office 2007 has the best user interface hands down. But given the price tag, it's a pretty rich sum of money to be asking considering the alternatives, and feature-wise there is nothing I use that isn't in open office.

    I love the inbuilt export to PDF feature too, makes life easy for certain tasks! Can't say I have ever found the need to switch back (use it at work/home/laptop).
     
  10. Un_OC

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    open office and old word.... i would choose word to use.. but if i had to pay then i would use OO and put up with it...


    Word 2007 v.s. OpenOffice whichever version is the latest one..


    Word 2007 ALL THE WAY even if i had to pay for it.. (my parents bought it for me.. when i bought this computer)...

    Word 2007 is so much easier to get around.. it took a couple of uses to get used to it.. but now its easier.. and everything is big and nice.. awesome
     
  11. gregzeng

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    How do you use the word processor?

    There's lots of fake users in OCAU, bragging how rich they (or their parents) are.

    Ignore them.

    Most users of any computer software use a tenth of the hardware or software's power. Ms Office has much too much versatility & power; you need the $$$ and aircraft carrier crew to use it to its fullest power.

    I edit professional documents. Most of my writers hardly know how to use STYLE SHEETS. Open Office can do this easily. Inserting graphs, graphics, tables are ok too.

    ABIWORD: small, fast loading. I have it, for short quick RTF, DOC files.

    The bragging idiots using Ms Office fail to tell the truth (ie they are lying). Ms Office hides user codes in all documents. Third party programs are needed to remove these secret user codes. Compared to Open Office, the data is several times larger in disc space: wasting time & space on storage, transmission, loading and saving.

    Worst of all, Ms Word (Ms Office) is incompatible with itself. There are so many incompatible Ms Word document files created by so many versions of Ms Word, that extreme care must always be taken. Are all your intended users of your DOC files multimillionaires, using only recent DOC files, only, saved in only the latest version of MS DOC?

    Idiots who doubt me .... count how many versions of Ms Word Doc there are! How many more are there to come? Do they all demand or need/ use DDE, to link with other files or networks, to read the complete document?

    Generally, avoid Microsoft as much as possible. Google, open-source, freeware ..... there are many alternatives.
     
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  12. ACodingFettish

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    Wanna be anymore stereotypical?


    I love open source and all that, but one thing that has always got to me is the amount of people claiming Open Office is better than Microsoft office. It is not.

    You said it yourself:
    "Ms Office has much too much versatility & power; you need the $$$ and aircraft carrier crew to use it to its fullest power."

    This is a ridiculous sentence, too much versatility and power? .... You need an aircraft carrier crew? It's a bloody office suite!

    If he has the money (as for your bragging about parents remark - Office 2007 Ultimate as $75 for students on a limited offer a couple of months ago, my copy is paid for by my work) then there is absolutely no reason not to use Office 2007. Especially with the future in mind.

    Microsoft have a huge market share with office - it's the standard, especially in the business world. Until someone makes a decent alternative, it will stay that way.

    The incompatibilities between the different versions of .Doc (as far as I'm aware, after 97 there has only been two versions - 97-2002 and office 2003 .doc xml format - which is still backwards compatible) are minimal, for someone pro-open office to claim incompatibilities is a bit of a crock - wanna try downloading a few .doc files off the net that contain pictures, text boxes, forms, comments... see how well they are read. Incompatibilities indeed.

    You don't need the latest version of office to read .doc files - any office version from 97 up can read them fine.

    Open office is fine if you want to make a basic document, and never send it to anyone other than pdf or hard copy - if you want to use more powerful features, increase your productivity with the new interface, send documents to others, or just have a relatively pain free existence - stay clear of open office.

    Our office had been using office 97 for hte past 10 years with no hassles, it came time to upgrade (licensing issues) and some die hard open source fans suggested open office - we even trailed it, it caused me endless hassle and when we discussed open office in the end it was a walkover, the directors forked out the 32 grand for office 2007 that 2 months ago they had claimed they would never do - and they did it happily.

    Open office requires re-training, as does office 2007, but in the end, office 2007 will make you more productive.

    Pros of Open Office:
    Its Free

    Pros of Office 2007:
    everything else.

    There is barely anything that open office does better than office 2007 - the only thing it has, is that its free to purchase.

    Other advantages of office 2007:
    - contextual spell checking (google it)
    - able to open .docx files when people send them to you.
    - files interface better with programs such as autocad (needs xlsx files to link in tables)
    - was sold for $75 to students - big push at this being the future, and there is no reason for it not to be.
    - Lots of free training about
    - really quick and easy to make a document look really good.
    - Ribbon menu - get used to it, and your productivity increases

    Things that open office can't do that office can:
    - Open .doc files with objects properly
    - use VBA in 'calc' ie excel
    - open Forms properly
    - live preview
    - the list goes on.
     
  13. ShaggyMoose

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    "Fake" users with 872 posts?
    Thanks. I think I will ignore you instead.:rolleyes:
     
  14. Goose1981

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    Wow.. what a spanner.

    Good work Greg. :rolleyes:
     
  15. ShaggyMoose

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    That pretty much sums it up for me. Although I would also state that OpenOffice is much more focussed on open standards than Office, which can be a benefit. On the downside, MS is its own defacto standard anyway...
     
  16. justinf

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    Its just a bit unfair to blame openoffice for not translating doc files, that format is a pile of steaming crap theres many good reasons for MS abandoning it in Office 2007.

    I'd expect major improvements in openoffice's user interface now that IBM is supporting it, they have decades of experience in UI design.

    There might be 10% of users who need a feature that Openoffice lacks but for the other 90% its stable and does the job.

    Unlike MS Office, Openoffice releases improvements just about monthly and they do listen to their users. MS only talks to the big companies not the average user, there little community influence over their decisions. Need a feature in OpenOffice, you can vote for it !
     
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  17. The Touch

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    Can office 07 save in PDF format ? I use that feature in OO a lot.
     
  18. phextwin

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    You have to get a plugin from MS, but yes it can.
     
  19. gregzeng

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    Only super-idiots use Ms Publisher!

    The pro Microsoft Office idiots are so silly.

    Try using any of the two versions of Ms Wordview on a "DOC" word processing file. It gives unpredictable results.

    Ms Office 2007 uses a difference word processing format, unreadble by most other older software (including Microsoft's). Idiots who use Ms Office don't dare tell you of the many Ms Office formats that they must choose from: 95, 2003, 2007, etc. It depends on whether their proposed readership have the correct $$, training, models, brand of Microsoft software.

    I notice that no one here seems aware that Ms data files are enormously large, compared to Open Office. These $$$-laden idiots must be equipped with fast terabyte hard disk drives, as must all their friends, as well as ultra-highspeed broadband for all there Internetting.

    For those who need the VBA programming ... that is a dangerous in-house "hobby", which forces everything to be up-to-date on security for trojans, virus's, etc. I don't see small business's or poor students wanting to upgrade their security arrangements every day of the week.

    Large corporations can afford complex in-house security staff. But everyone else .... keep away from Microsoft Office!

    BTW: I have Ms Office & Ms Publisher, because occasionally I need to edit the stuff from rich iidiots. Only super-idiots use Ms Publisher!
     
  20. gords

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    Greg, how about you post without using the word "idiot"? We don't need labels like that for people that prefer to use different office suites.
     

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