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    i'm struggling to see the disitnguishing features of office 2003/2007 that requires schools to have it instead of a freebie such as OOo....other than the familiarity aspect, and as people have said office 2007's ribbon has a new learning curve to it....

    it's not as if teachers and pupils can't accomplish what they need to do in OOo with writer and the other OOo products . And it's not as if admin staff on the whole need the BI and reporting features of say Excel reporting services, if they did dozen or so licenses for those staff that need office is not going to break the bank. Whereas the cost of office per machine throughout the org is a very significant spend, the money saved could go on buying SCCM and ghost to make an admins life a lot easier.

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    The problem with Linux for primary schools is a lack of software specifically for that area.Given that opensource invariably means "free" the software companies themselves are unlikely to see the benefit of translating their products to work on other platforms
    This is the Cycle that Becta are trying to break. VLE's can be the repositories for learning materials that the schools can use. The platform is the internet and can be made neutral of operating system vendor. Many of the new VLE resources are now platform independent. Just because an operating system/office application is free to buy it doesn't translate that an education software supplier wouldn't produce something for it. They still make a profit. The only loosers would be microsoft/apple/adobe. if it hurts them they will cahnge their behaviour -as you see with MS announcement on ODF


    It is by no means perfect. There are a good number of reports of problems with it, and it has the same problem as the compatibility pack below - it is not 100% compatible with all of the features of office 2007.
    We're using the plugin with Office 2003. Some staff save everything to ODF and some don't. We've made a partial migration to ODF since becta endorsed it. The writing is on the wall for .doc and MS are not able to implement OOXML at all since the changes ISO have forced upon them until after office 2007. So ODT is the only practical way forward. Suns plugin goes a long way in this direction.

    i'm struggling to see the disitnguishing features of office 2003/2007 that requires schools to have it instead of a freebie such as OOo
    Thats what Becta said. They are actively telling schools to install 'at least one opensource office application' and not to buy MSOFFice since it doesn't natively support ODF.

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