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herman_munster
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2/23/2012 | 6:53:20 PM
re: Veterans Affairs May Dump Microsoft Office
I think this is overdue! It would be great if more Government agencies and schools were to switch to open and cloud based alternatives to Office.
gilly05
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2/23/2012 | 5:39:32 PM
re: Veterans Affairs May Dump Microsoft Office
I don't understand why more government agencies, schools, and private companies don't do this. The cost of MS Office is astounding. There are plenty of suites out there, including OpenOffice and LibreOffice. I'm not sure what the situation is now, but at least a couple of years ago, you could buy support for OpenOffice from Sun.

I get that it's difficult to have multiple office suites, so it really is necessary to just cut the MS Office cord completely. Moving an entire office to OpenOffice would save tons of money and still allow for all the same functionality people are after. The average user doesn't even do anything special... it just kills me that companies feel the need to use MS.

I worked for a bank and I tried to get them to move to OpenOffice for years. I even wanted to provide our clients with a copy of OpenOffice... really promote the fact that we were looking out for our clients bottom line. But, people just dug their heels in. It was a small organization (about 100 people). The cost for upgrading office was going to be over $60k over three years. Not the largest item on the budget, but I could have spent that money elsewhere and received a much higher ROI.
dbtinc
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2/23/2012 | 2:24:16 PM
re: Veterans Affairs May Dump Microsoft Office
It's WAY about time they did this ...


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