Never one to often pat a competitor on the back, Microsoft
has found an axe to grind with the OpenDocument format (ODF). Citing a performance analysis carried out by
ZDNET in October of last year, Microsoft's Alan Yates pointed to longer load
times and increased CPU/memory usage compared to Microsoft's Open XML format,
"The use of OpenDocument documents is slower to the point of not really
A representative from the ODF Alliance was quick to point
out the inconsistencies in the performance evaluations that Yates pointed to. The
ZDNET blogger who did the initial tests only compared ODF to XML and not Open
XML and he also pointed to the fact that no Open XML products are actually on
the market yet. From ZDNET:
Marcich said Open XML
is harder for companies to implement as it has more than 4,000 pages of
documentation, compared with 700 for ODF. "A skeptic might say the
documentation is so long so only one application will support it well," he
said. "On my initial reading of the (Open XML) documentation, it looks
like Microsoft is trying to reinvent the wheel, while ODF freely refers to existing
standards like SVG," or Scalable Vector Graphics.
I have found OpenOffice.org to be generally slower with
higher memory usage than Office 2003
in my day to day activities, but I have been using it
for the past year due to it being a free, open source alternative. Now that
I've been using the Office 2007 Beta 2 which is freely available for
download, I can say that its general performance has been faster than both
in my experience.
quote: That also explains why Microsoft Office may be faster than OpenOffice.org: since it's designed to run only on Windows and is made by those who know what happens under Windows' hood, it can link directly to Windows kernel, much like Internet Explorer does. That means a bug in Microsoft Word is a bug in Windows Vista.
quote: Besides, people should prefer using non-Microsoft software and file formats to avoid feeding their monopoly, which has been for years a barrier to innovation in the IT market.
quote: Simply because the next version of Microsoft Office will use a different, incompatible file format and they will cease support to the old version. Eventually, you will have to update and pay again for something you had already paid
quote: But older versions don't have support for the new file format.
quote: since most of the Windows API and library calls are undocumented
quote: The fact is that Microsoft doesn't innovate
quote: Just to give you a little example: Windows' Structured Exception Handling support APIs have never been documented and had to be reverse engineered for the Wine project and free compilers.
quote: The GUI in MS Word was copied from WordPerfect.
quote: 1. Do you have evidence that Word "links directly to Windows kernel"? I think Office is written to the Win32 API just like everyone else's Windows apps do. I don't see how linking to the kernel would help them. I'm not sure you understand these things.
quote: But it's indeniable that's microsoft like to cheating in bussiness to gain what they want.
quote: Forgot to say Microsoft's office software alternative only runs on top of Microsoft's own platform
quote: It's a stupid argument, a petty argument, and so obviously a Microsoft push for their own OpenXML (lol, Open) rather than OpenDocument it is laughable.
quote: Partially true, but it isn't an open license - they can start charging you $1 million for it at any time they like.
quote: MS is never going to use someone elses standards