quote: I have used Open/Libre Office at home for years, and just in the last three years started using MS Office again at work.
quote: How can we be certain that the features may people find attractive about MS Office are even on the schedule from the OSS project managers? Being a user and not a programmer, I am at the mercy of those who do program.
quote: Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work, play and live today.>Bullsh1t. That's the stupidest thing ever uttered by anyone. Or at least, right up there.365 does f%ck all that helps me in any way, shape, or form...and if we're going to be honest with ourselves, there's nothing that Office 2003 does that Office 95 didn't do that 99.999% of all consumers need.Realistically, the versions of WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 that ran on Windows 3.11 did everything that 99.999% of all consumers ever need to do. And if you want to assert that that isn't the case, just stop - because you're lying.Just like Microsoft.
quote: "Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we WANT TO MILK YOU FOR MONEY. For this reason, it is time to say farewell to Office 2003 and embrace the INCOME STREAMING solution of today – Office 365."
quote: You can still buy Office 2013 outright
quote: Apple is a branch of a Linux flavor
quote: There is no similarity between Linux and Windows. Apple is a branch of a Linux flavor so if anyone were to be sued it would be Apple. SCO tried to sue Linux users for, supposedly, impeding on UNIX code and they crash and burned. Never heard of SCO? Get my point?
quote: Open-source is great, in theory. You don't have to pay which is GREAT for consumers, don't get me wrong.However, there is a whole tried-and-true-for-decades reality that people WILL PAY for QUALITY which open-source is nearly always inferior to a proper paid product.
quote: quote: Open-source is great, in theory. You don't have to pay which is GREAT for consumers, don't get me wrong. However, there is a whole tried-and-true-for-decades reality that people WILL PAY for QUALITY which open-source is nearly always inferior to a proper paid product.Open source software is great. The problem is the developers. In paid software, the customer is king. If a large number of the customers want a feature, it doesn't matter what the developer wants, the customer will eventually prevail. See Microsoft backtracking on Win 8 for a great example. In open source software, the developer is king. The customers can all want a feature, but if the developer doesn't want to implement it (or for larger projects, the codebase maintainer doesn't want to include it in the main codebase), the customers are SOL. Sure they could fork it and start up their own version, but that still leaves the new developers in control. The only thing a pure-user customer can do is bow and lick the feet of the developers.
quote: You can still buy Office 2013 outright.
quote: It's just a matter of time before all companies force us to use subscription services for all our software, so they can dip into our pockets, month after month after month. Thank goodness for pirated software.
quote: You're horribly out of touch. Virtually no one needs any features in an office suite that weren't present in 2003 (or, really, the Win3.1 version of WordPerfect for that matter). Nor do they need any OS features that aren't present in XP. They're being forced to buy new products, when there's nothing wrong with their old products.