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As long as they obfuscate their formats to prevent interoperability, you'll either need to convince the rest of the office to work with you in OpenOffice for your internal communications, or you'll need to go with a product that doesn't let you own your own damn data.
Yes, but you cannot edit the output, and in excel viewer you cannot see into the formulas. That makes understanding a big spreadsheet impossible, and it also makes it impossible to cut and paste formulas into Open Office.
On the compatibility: OpenOffice could not calculate an XLS sheet I made using arrays. Unfortunately it is the most important spreadsheet in our company so it looks like I'll be headed back to Microsoft soon :(
Migration from some XLS formats to OOo is going to be tough in some cases, just as it's difficult sometimes to go from one Microsoft format/version to another. With OOo however, you will be better off long-term. But for heaven's sake, please don't claim it's OOo that's broken: you're just seeing the result of monopolistic practices by Microsoft.
Operafan: you won't get everything for free if I have anything to do about it. I make my living programming, and give out a lot of open-source software, but you sure will pay a premium when you want your package customized for your needs. As far as the applications most of us use on a daily basis though, you are quite right, and it's about time :)
I doubt anyone in my office would be able to hack an office password. Most of them have trouble opening the application.
What kind of office do you work in where your mail server and file server is so insecure that you have to resort to password-protected office documents? Or are you just using it for "good enough" security for communicating externally?
I've tried to open some of these sheets in open office and it is unable. So, that's my question:
Are these features someway implementable on OpenOffice spreadsheets? If so, how are they implemented?
Note that the MS Excel version uses a lot of VBA. :S
Open Software Forever ;)
But does anyone know how to fix it so the header and footer only appear on the first page of a text document? ;)