MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author

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  1. Daveski17

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    MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

    Blimey! Hasn't he heard of OpenOffice?
     
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    Hype is the best way of garnering attention.
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    As every author knows ... ;)
     
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    Speaking of which - now that OpenOffice has made a surprise comeback, apparently at the expense of LibreOffice in terms of numbers of downloads - are there any new compelling arguments for choosing one over the other?
     
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    so he's a linux user who has to use MS Word because that's what his editors and everyone else uses. I know LibreOffice/OpenOffice let you save files in doc format but often they don't look quite right when the person at the other end opens the doc file with MS Word. Sometimes I wonder if Microsoft deliberately designed its doc/x and other file formats in an obtusely complex way for this very reason, more likely though it's just a biproduct of a lazy file format design. (i ran into similar problems on a smaller scale back in the day when I tried to switch from MS Office to OpenOffice).
     
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    Many of the classical authors created their masterpieces long before MS word was even conceived.

    Maybe charles needs to dump MS word altogether and just write the old fashioned way.
     
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    You mean using LyX/LaTeX ;) :D ?
     
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    Is the WordPerfect file format a good alternative, or is it just as bad?
     
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    I like WordPerfect a lot more. But I think their format is as closed as it gets.
     
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    Are you using it on Ubuntu?
     
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    No I don't. I used to use it in Windows 8 few months ago. Ever since Mr. Snowden enlightened me about NSA I try to no longer buy/use proprietary software due to possibility of backdoor.
    I use Libre Office now as my main word processor. For every now and then when I edit my resume I have Microsoft Office XP with Windows XP running in virtual machine. And after Wine fully supports Microsoft Office XP, I will probably drop the virtual machine and run it directly on Linux.
     
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    OpenOffice actually works properly? ;)
     
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    Are you saying it actually doesn't? ;)
     
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    Well for me, out of the two (OO & LibO), OpenOffice is the only one that actually does work properly.
     
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    That's good to know, thanks :) It's a more reasonable download too. What's up with the LibO installer being over 200megs?
     
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    With a typewriter.

    I still have my old Royal, circa 1940. I have to think before I type, rather than just tap out words on a keyboard.
     
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    Nah, they don't need technology like that. You can do the same with good ol' cave paintings.
     
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    For all I know The Document Foundation have fixed all the bugs I had with LibO. I can't ever see me using it again however. I've been using OpenOffice for over five years as an office suite & my default word processor. I need it for work anyway as I don't actually have Microsoft Office installed on any computer I own. I have AbiWord as a back-up. I even had a lot of trouble with PortableApps LibreOffice. LibreOffice has more bugs than a rain forest IMO. I just can't find a fault in OpenOffice.
     
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    I don't know about death but there sure are better alternatives out there for the average person. Personally, I found Kingsoft Office and haven't looked back. Don't need the bloat of Microsoft Office.
     
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    Default on Office 2013.... I don't know about office 2007/2010. Sorry.
     
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