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Re: [News] Survey: Microsoft Office Monopoly Eroding, Gauged at Just 66% Installed Base

John Locke <johnlocke98513@xxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> On Tue, 12 Feb 2008 06:51:49 +0000, Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>>Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> ____/ John Locke on Monday 11 February 2008 21:02 : \____
>>>> On Mon, 11 Feb 2008 16:43:39 +0000, Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>>>> Alfresco's Open Source Barometer
>>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>>>| One of the most interesting additions to the survey this year is a
>>>>>>| question about which office suite people use. Overall, OpenOffice.org
>>>>>>| chalks up a very respectable 24% to Microsoft Office's 66%. This is a much
>>>>>>| higher penetration than I would have guessed for open source on the
>>>>>>| desktop, and suggests that among those adopting open source programs
>>>>>>| OpenOffice.org is doing really well ? pretty much at the Firefox level of
>>>>>>| success.
>>>>>> `----
>>> http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=475&blogid=14
>>>>>> Last year it was 20% of The Register's reader who said they were using
>>>>>> OpenOffice.org.
>>>>>Interesting... the only interesting metric of foss usage is foss usage.
>>>>>As there is no market for linux itself, or at least, a very small one,
>>>>>it's not something you can quantify, since there's nothing to quantify,
>>>>>however, usage is the interesting thing.
>>>>>OO.org at 24% is large enough to be essentially unstoppable now, in
>>>>>spite of all Microsoft's efforts at corrupting both ECMA and ISO.
>>>> I think the days of high priced office solutions from Microsoft are
>>>> numbered. There are now other viable options...even Abiword
>>>> if you just need some word processing !
>>> This has just been acknowledged by Microsoft which set it's Office Live (read:
>>> Google catchup) free, despite the fact that a Microsoft manager said there was
>>> poor demand for it. It was roughly 4 months ago.
>>> OOXML is Microsoft's attempt to survive the Web era, making documents and
>>> programs incompatible unless they are from Microsoft.
>>Several SME people I know are now using Google office and calendaring
>>and mail, essentially, they've moved their office support software
>>entirely to google's hosted services.  I think that all the hassles
>>associated with running these things locally are just too much for most
> It an option other then the Microsoft expensive overkill solution.
> Good for them !

Apparently, it's saved them shiploads of cash on licensing and time.
Previously, they have been using openoffice, but found that the hosted
solution was even less hassle than the locally supported solution.

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