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Why do people use MS Office instead of free and open source software? Since you can do all you need with these alternatives, why would I pay for MS Office?

asked Dec 25 '10 at 20:43

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lucas arg

edited Jan 04 '11 at 11:36


Are you trying to say
Why do people use MS Office instead of free and open source software? Since you can do all you need with these alternatives, why would I pay for MS Office?

(Dec 25 '10 at 20:57) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Fixed grammatical errors and improved the flow of the writing. I try and comment to say what my edits were so that people know, including the person asking the question. If you're looking, Chris, please have the update summary show so that people don't get confused.

(Dec 26 '10 at 12:19) HHBones HHBones's gravatar image

You forgot Microsoft Works! xD

(Sep 19 '11 at 02:59) nickjuly4 nickjuly4's gravatar image

catchatyou you are a great example of a nerd who needs to get a life. Insulting someone about their grammar just shows that you have no self-esteem except going online to insult others about their grammar. If you cannot understand the question just leave it at that and screw off rather then leaving a comment. But obviously you understood what the OP was asking, that is why you answered but you just wanted to be a nerd. Get a life.

(May 24 '12 at 14:34) Khmerog Khmerog's gravatar image

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iWork and MS Office are more reliable.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 19:59

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MS Office is what a lot of people are using so it is easy to share files, is more stable and has more features.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 12:12

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I use iWork on my Mac and OpenOffice everywhere else. But OpenOffice is so bloated it's barely worth using. I'd rather use something that actually loads the first time.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 16:40

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First off, I don't know where to start with editing your question (some of the grammar is off. I'm willing to help if needed). I'm sorry but I can't fully understand what you are trying to communicate with me. I'll try to answer your question though.

People use Microsoft Office for a variety of reasons. MS Office is more widely used in the workplace, and so some people have no option. Some people are in school/college, and they are forced to use it.

I personally like iWork better, because you can make a really polished presentation using Keynote. It's Office done better.

Now you may be asking, "Open Office is compatible with .doc and .docx files. Why should I pay for MS Office?" Well, Open Office does a fantastic job with it's price. It can read MS Office files, but I've noticed that when I'm working on a PowerPoint presentation, Open Office will distort some of the images, or it will mess up some of the text.

I can't say that Open Office is bad, but I prefer to use iWork.

answered Dec 25 '10 at 20:54

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edited Dec 25 '10 at 20:55

I agree with what catchatyou said. I've used Open Office before but really don't like it. First, it just doesn't look good but also it has some missing features and has a lot of problems with messing up documents that I've opened in it. Applications like iWork and MS Office are worth the cost.

answered Dec 25 '10 at 21:42

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I guess that I should also note that Open Office limits me. I make presentations every now and then, and I want to add a gradient as the background. They have gradient presets, but I want to have a specific thing. Open Office is a great alternative, but for users like me, I can't use it as a primary office suite.

(Dec 25 '10 at 22:04) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Agreed. It's too limiting

(Dec 26 '10 at 19:58) TomMaxwell TomMaxwell's gravatar image

I use OpenOffice very often and I like it. I do, however, understand why people buy MS Office and iWork. They're easier to use and you can create beautiful presentations and stuff, which you will never be able to do with OpenOffice.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 12:07

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If you want to get anything accomplished, other than typing a simple paper, iWork and MS Office are 1000x better.

The cross application usability (e.g. being able to paste a portion of a spread sheet into an E-mail and still have all of the functions still present) alone is enough to make it worth the money.

OpenOffice and others don't have grammar check which means you can inadvertently have a sentence fragment and not realize it. I'm not saying MS Office is perfect but OpenOffice looks like NotePad + Hotmail + MS Paint

answered Dec 26 '10 at 20:18

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First of all, sorry for my grammar errors, Im not a navite english speaker, so I will try better next time... I get what you guys say... but, Oo messing formats? .doc and .docx yes, but .odt etc it doesnt... open formats work really ok... and Oo doesnt have as much art work as MS Office or iWork does, but thats something you can find on the web, i guess... Ive done tons of presentations, never had a problem using Oo format instead of using ppt... but thats my personal thought

answered Jan 04 '11 at 11:41

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lucas arg

This question is a good one. Why do people pay for a software instead of using a free piece of software that does the EXACT same thing? Many people pay for Microsoft Office for the main purpose of the "Brand Name: Microsoft". Not only that, when you use the open source programs, they look cheap and don't perform as well as the paid versions from Microsoft. All-in-all, Microsoft Office Enterprise is the way to go in the end if you want performance, stability, UI...etc.

answered Jan 04 '11 at 13:41

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Open Office is free but very limited to what Microsoft Office can do. I would rather go with M O even though it costs money.

answered Jan 04 '11 at 17:54

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