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Michael Endler
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4/21/2014 | 5:09:45 PM
Re: MS Office is a dinosaur
"Apache OpenOffice is superior to MS Office."

I think it depends how you define "superior."

I'll conced I don't know OpenOffice as thoroughly as I know Office. I also concede this: Where there's feature parity, OpenOffice might be the superior option. But there isn't feature parity across the board, especially if you're interested in Office 365-specific cloud benefits, as opposed to features within individual apps. And that's to say nothing of Power BI and the whole "UI for data" plan.
Michael Endler
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4/21/2014 | 4:55:26 PM
Re: Dumb-down product
"With storage dirt cheap, 64 GB USB stick for less than $25.00, who needs cloud storage??  Why use the CLOUD - so NSA and others can snoop/meta through all your documents?!  Word and Excel on a large screen cell phone or tablet?  No thanks.  If I'm going to do some productive work - it will be on a 102-key keyboard, mouse and a screen to show more than 4x6 cell area.  All the CLOUD hype is just that - hype by storage vendors such as Google, MS and others to make us pay them to store data we want to save."


Personally, I find Office 365 useful. Depending where I'm writing (office, home, train, hotel room, at a conference, etc.) and how mobile I need to be, I use different devices, and Office 365 a great help. But I think your point illustrates Microsoft's challenge.

While I like Office 365, I can appreciatre why some within Microsoft's enormous pool of customers are upset. I think it's easy hyperbolize some of the cloud security risks, but it's still a consideration. And at a more basic level, a lot of people are perfectly happy with regular standalone versions, and they feel (with some merit) that Microsoft is using its pricing and upgrade policies to force them toward subscriptions (though, as mentioned in the article, some benefits come along with that). Microsoft is attempting to execute a large, fundamental change relatively quickly, and it's rocked the boat with some longtime cutomers. Tensions among longtime Windows users get a lot of attention, but some Office customers aren't thrilled either.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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4/21/2014 | 12:51:15 PM
Re: Power vs. Expense
I think "power vs. expense" nicely sums up Microsoft Office vs. competitors. If you need a deep feature set and wide ecosystem, Office boasts clear advantages. Its wide user footprint is also a monumental advantage in the enterprise. But if you value cost, simplicity of use, or other attributes, some of the other options are more than good enough-- which is why some of them have eaten into Office's market share, albeit mostly modestly.


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