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German city dumps OpenOffice and switches to Microsoft

Nov 21, 2012, 11:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Loek Essers)

Last week the council revealed it was contemplating the switch when it said that its hopes and expectations for OpenOffice in 2007 were not fulfilled. Continuing to use the outdated OpenOffice 3.2.1 in combination with Microsoft Office 2000 would lead to more aggravation and frustration on the part of employees and external parties as well as performance impairments, the council said.

Employees had compatibility problems with text documents, spreadsheet and presentation files. The OpenOffice spreadsheet program Calc and presentation software Impress were seen as significantly underperforming compared to the Microsoft alternatives, according to the council.

After weighing its options, the only viable choice appeared to be migrating to Microsoft Office 2010, the council said.

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