OpenOffice for casual users

I read George Ou’s “Performance analysis of OpenOffice and MS Office“. In a nutshell, OpenOffice is bloated and Microsoft Office isn’t. You get what you pay for.

Being a student, I don’t work on huge spreadsheets and documents. It’s working for me perfectly fine. (I’m running Windows XP SP2, AMD Athlon XP 1600+, 512MB SDRAM.) Try it out, and if it doesn’t suit your needs, then Microsoft Office probably should.

I can’t replicate the tests George made, so I won’t make any rebuttles – that’d be stupid. I don’t even have Microsoft Office 2003. I do know that I hate it when someone goes out of their way to make me look like an idiot.

Now to be fair, is free and is cross platform, but does this really matter to the 90% of the users in the world who only use Windows? Does this change the fact that is a CPU and Memory hog? Microsoft Office Professional on the other hand costs about $240 when bundled with hardware or if you look for OEM pricing. I’ll leave it up to you the reader to determine if your money is worth more than your time.

Um, is he putting me down?

What I learned from my supervisor is that you don’t talk down to your clients – for me, my clients are the internal staff members’ computers that I support at work. They may be totally wrong, but I need to make sure that I don’t humiliate them.

Then again, what do I know? I barely have experience, compared to George. I definitely didn’t read all the talkbacks he received, either – there’s a lot of flak in there.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

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