osOpinion: The Ultimate Lock-in
Mar 19, 2003, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)
[ Thanks to Doug Bostrom for
this link. ]
"I don't often make a habit of opening Office documents.
Normally, when I receive a press release or white paper from PR
folks in Microsoft Word format, I send it back with a gentle
reminder that there are people who don't use Windows or Office, and
that even if I did, I'm not looking to pick up an MSTD (Microsoft
Transmitted Disease) by opening Word documents from unknown
sources. Most PR folks are happy to resend documents in plain-text
or PDF format.
"However, when I've been on deadline or otherwise don't feel
like trying to go through the hassle of getting a different format,
I just open the document in OpenOffice.org. It's been quite some
time since I found a document that it couldn't open in a reasonable
approximation of the original layout. With the advent of Office
2003, however, I'm afaid that's all about to change again..."