Office Software Thread, Open Office v MS Office in Technical; As the planning starts for the next budget, the question of cost of MS licences has reared it's head.
22nd January 2009, 11:59 AM #1
Open Office v MS Office
As the planning starts for the next budget, the question of cost of MS licences has reared it's head.
I've played with Open Office a bit and it seems fine, but using it across the whole school is another matter.
I'd appreciate feedback on comparisons of Open with MS and any issues, etc. Does it work with SIMS?
22nd January 2009, 12:34 PM #2
Becta commissioned a study into the use of MSOffice 2007 in schools, in that study they compare other office suites such as OpenOffice.
There are no educational reasons why schools need MSOffice, it usually comes down to the personal preference of the NM or HT and a few skewed arguments about 'industry standards'
When it comes to SIMS - Capita have hardcoded SIMS so that reports do not open with office suites other than MSOffice, Capita support will not assist with OpenOffice problems. I believe that you can use the the Office viewer, or just install MSOffice on selected machines.
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moggy (22nd January 2009), webman (22nd January 2009)
22nd January 2009, 01:13 PM #3
OpenOffice presenter still doesn't support Flash embedded in PowerPoint files, which would stop you using resources like BoardWorks.
Originally Posted by moggy
22nd January 2009, 01:18 PM #4
The MSOffice powerpoint viewer will play them.
Originally Posted by dhicks
22nd January 2009, 01:24 PM #5
Another issue you might have is that OpenOffice doesn't come with an email client so you may also need to look into a replacement for that (.ie Outlook)
22nd January 2009, 01:39 PM #6
Or Thunderbird.......? [ For Open Source ]
Originally Posted by flyinghaggis
22nd January 2009, 01:42 PM #7
There is also an open source version of Eudora to.
22nd January 2009, 01:50 PM #8
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22nd January 2009, 01:53 PM #10
Just enjoying my lunch break !! [ It's not often I get one !! ]
Originally Posted by SPC
22nd January 2009, 02:03 PM #11
TBH I would say it came down to cost. If you can afford office I would buy office as I see it as an advantage to be trained in it primarily as generally that IS what you find in industry. Teachers should train principles not applications anyway so either is good but if you have used to app before it will be an advantage rather then the week of stumbling around until you find the location of mail merge's etc.
I personally love MS Office and have no problems with 2007 and I love its new UI. Outlook is hard to completely replace but generally most people dont use the power of Outlook to the fullest.
If anyone spouts open standards as a reason it REALLY does not make much difference. Its a weak argument imo and I think its madness to move if you have already started down the MS office path. No doubt this comment will attract attention
22nd January 2009, 02:13 PM #12
These comments are just some of the reasons why I'm considering recommending an OpenOffice roll out here...
£30 per licence per machine compared to free...
Originally Posted by ZeroHour
But not all industry. Some places use Macs and iWorks for instance. I worked for DSGi (PC-World) and they use OpenOffice 1 through out their stores.
primarily as generally that IS what you find in industry.
Teachers should train principles not applications anyway so either is good
The joke here is that the closed sourse M$ formats ARE the standards that everyone supports!
If anyone spouts open standards as a reason it REALLY does not make much difference.
Last edited by tmcd35; 22nd January 2009 at 02:34 PM.
22nd January 2009, 02:33 PM #13
But doesn't let you edit PowerPoint files and change them around. I'm not sure if PowerPoint Viewer will let you annotate slide shows and save the annotations or not.
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
22nd January 2009, 02:48 PM #14
PowerPoint viewer literally does what it say on the tin! It wont let you edit or save!
22nd January 2009, 03:57 PM #15
Apple are worse, nothing other then a mac opens those damn files. They are FAR worse then MS now for lockin's
Originally Posted by tmcd35
Ironically yeh, because its what everyone used it meant everything had to support it.
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