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?
Answer by catchatyou · Dec 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM
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.
Answer by TomMaxwell · Dec 25, 2010 at 11:42 PM
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.
Answer by JanNikolajsen · Dec 26, 2010 at 02:07 PM
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.
Answer by FizzNakLe · Dec 26, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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
Answer by lucas arg · Jan 04, 2011 at 01:41 PM
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
Answer by TechJohnson · Jan 04, 2011 at 03:41 PM
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.