OOo's put the willies up Microsoft
Fear of the other
Microsoft is trying to convince customers who have fled the company’s Office software in favour of an open source alternative to return to the proprietary flock by publicly dissing its rival.
But the rival in question, as you might expect, isn’t internet kingpin Google. Instead, Redmond has splashed out on an ad that warns against the use of OpenOffice.org.
Ars Technica spotted a video yesterday on Microsoft’s ‘Office Videos’ YouTube channel, which the company has since yanked.
However, it’s still available via Microsoft.com for those interested in seeing MS defend its product against OOo.
The vid cites customers who struggled with using OpenOffice.org and then went back to using Microsoft’s software.
According to Ars, the company got its quotes from various newspaper reports and case studies published on Microsoft’s corporate website over the past few years.
Indeed the ad itself reminds this reporter of the script MS execs consistently read from when quizzed about the open source competition, so it’s hardly that surprising to see it used as a way of trying to woo customers back to the vendor’s Office suite.
In August 2009 Microsoft was spooked enough by Linux outfits, to go public about its fears. It warned investors about new threats to its precious client-side tech ecosystem, by listing Linux companies Canonical and Red Hat as rivals in its annual Form 10-K filing.
And now, it’s panicking about OOo, too. But by declaring such a threat, it would seem that Microsoft just admitted that it's worried about losing market share in an area where it has been unshakeable for years. ®
You know you've arrived when...
...MS starts releasing glossy FUD about you. Congrats, OpenOffice!
Please excuse the swearies
What a load of fucking FUD. When documents are sent in an ISO standard (that'd be ODF) there is no issue.
This only good thing about this is that MS are obviously shitting bricks at the moment. If all you can do it attack your opponent, you clearly have no credible attributes of your own.
OOo/LibreOffice is not perfect by any means, but for the price it is hard to beat.
They're right to be scared
We're certainly seriously considering shifting 90% of the workforce onto OOO.
Why do we need office 2007 for people just to write a basic letter or a simple spreadsheet. Only the power users with lots of macros or Access users need MS Office.
Lets be honest the majority could use Wordpad for a lot of their work.
Not the crappyness of the ribbon makes the shift from 2003 ->2007 a good time to move them to OOO. Retraining will cost whichever you are moving users to.
But lets not forget MS has managed to get themselves onto the school curriculum for computing and business subjects. Teach kids on OOO and they'll fail because the course and therefore the exam questions are specific to MS Office and probably Office 97 at that.
That needs to be changed sharpish.