incrediBILL - 7:44 am on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
In regard to office apps, mainstream computers in the business world won't accept anything else than Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
I'm one of the oldest hardcore windows fanboys you'll ever meet.
I've been programming since '78 and did Windows 2.x-XP
Worked for Lotus, was part of their GUI team, and our dept. used MS Word and Excel at the time because the Lotus Windows office suite stunk.
However, my Vista machine runs Open Office, all my MS Word docs display, edit and print properly, my slide shows work fine and my last PubCon presentation was done in Impress, which worked perfectly fine.
My daughter and fiancee let their pre-installed Office trial expire and now run Open Office as well and so does everyone else I point to Open Office.
It's inevitable, the free tools are good enough now that I don't feel obligated to feed the M$ machine, nor do others.
As part of "a week without Windows", I've been almost a YEAR without Office, a tool I used for most of my adult life and evangelized it, and don't miss it whatsoever now that something free and complete has come along to replace it circa the Office '95 version.
There's only one tool I use that doesn't exist on Linux AFAIK and the minute I find a suitable replacement >POOF!< I'm on Ubuntu.
BTW, remember the Walmart $200 Ubuntu gPC that flew off the shelves?
People that just wanted a basic computer and a web/email appliance snapped that cheap machine up.
That's what we're talking about.
Often, less is more for the right audience.