View Poll Results: Whats your Office Suite Strategy?

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  • Mixed M$ Office suites as licences allow

    7 12.07%
  • Pre Office 2003 and not changing

    1 1.72%
  • Stopping at Office 2003 on all machines

    22 37.93%
  • Upgrading to Office 2007 on all machines

    22 37.93%
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    1 1.72%
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    0 0%
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Office Software Thread, Whats the current state of play? in Technical; I'm meeting a little resistance from, what I thought would be, an unlikely source. The concern is about teaching 'the ...
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    Whats the current state of play?

    I'm meeting a little resistance from, what I thought would be, an unlikely source. The concern is about teaching 'the industry standard' and 'falling behind what is used in business'. Our current 'standard' is Office 2000

    One of the concerns is what other schools are doing in terms of M$ licensing costs and the attraction of a free office suite. So I thought I'd start a poll to see how land lays, so to speek.

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    We use office 2007 on all computers. There is no option for this

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    Damn! I thought I had all bases covered! I'd stick that under 'Upgrading to Office 2007 on all machines'. Amounts to the same thing.

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    All PCs MS Office 2007 / OpenOffice 3
    All Macs MS Office 2008 / OpenOffice 3 / iwork 08

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    We use office 2007 on all computers. There is no option for this
    Same

    Voted upgrading to office on all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    I'm meeting a little resistance from, what I thought would be, an unlikely source. The concern is about teaching 'the industry standard' and 'falling behind what is used in business'.
    Which industry ?
    If your talking about the education industry then the standard is in the file format, not the application.
    Theres some info about openoffice and MSOffice from becta here:
    http://publications.becta.org.uk/dow...fm?resID=28199

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    This is a teachers view of 'big companies' using only M$ Office. Personally I think he'd be surprised if he visited the likes of BT, et al. I recon more of the companies use OO.o or one of its derivatives than he realises.

    I know that DSGi use OpenOffice in all of their stores.

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    We are doing the 2007 upgrade this hols! Would rather use OpenOffice tbh though.

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    We went Office 2007 almost as soon as it was released under our Schools Agreement. We used to have OpenOffice 2 deployed as well for those who were bringing in documents from home, but it was never used by very many people.

    OpenOffice 3 was a pain to deploy due to problems suppressing the registration wizard, so we never upgraded from 2.2. Now that Office 2007 SP2 can read and write ODF, we have pulled OO entirely.

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    Currently we have MS Office 2003 throughout and I can't see any real benefits to moving to MS Office 2007.

    During the Summer we will be installing Open Office as well. This is to allow students who cannot afford MS Office at home to still be able to produce work and bring it into school without the bother of converting it. Also it is hoped we can wean users away from MS Office but I may be stretching it there

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    2007 upgrades all around. I always recommend OO as a free alternative for the home PC, especially in cases where I have to convert some stupid incompatible Works document!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d View Post
    I can't see any real benefits to moving to MS Office 2007.

    During the Summer we will be installing Open Office as well. This is to allow students who cannot afford MS Office at home to still be able to produce work and bring it into school without the bother of converting it.
    As I said above, in Office 2007 SP2 you can work on OpenOffice documents without the bother of converting them, so there's one benefit for starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    As I said above, in Office 2007 SP2 you can work on OpenOffice documents without the bother of converting them, so there's one benefit for starters.
    If you need MSOffice to open files made with a free program, it does rather beg the question as to why not just use the free program - they must do the same things.

    FWIW this is the current govt recommendation:

    The ICT industry should be pro-active in confguring the products they ship
    to schools and colleges to allow easy access to a ‘free-to-use’ offce
    productivity application – ideally one that is open source.

    When specifying new systems, schools and colleges should normally insist
    on the desktop having access to offce productivity software that is capable of opening, editing and saving documents in the international standard ODF, and setting it as the default fle format. Such products should be procured on the basis that they can be made available to students, teachers and parents for home use without attracting additional licensing costs.

    Schools and colleges should exercise caution in their use of trial versions of commercial software – particularly where students, parents or teachers may feel that the only way to access the files generated is to buy a copy of the software.
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    A lot of businesses we deal with have only moved recently or are in the process of moving to 2007, schools should really be teaching Office 2007 to stay with current trends.

    Having said that if this recession is prolonged you may see more businesses moving to OpenOffice to reduce costs.

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