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Does MS Office SP2 With ODF Support Really Work? Test Results Point to No. - Updated

May 06, 2009, 01:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"I thought most of the problems, and there were others, might be my fault though, because I've never used Office 2007 before, since I don't own it, and I found it very confusing. Because I don't own Office 2007, and I had limited access time to test on someone else's, I looked around to see if anyone else was reporting results in the new SP2. I asked Groklaw members if they had tried it out yet and how it worked for them. A Groklaw member, Dobbo, did a test working on a spreadsheet with a client, and his experience was also a failure.

"It turns out Rob Weir also did some tests of spreadsheets, and it's not just me and Dobbo, and it's not just Word documents. If you are a government trying to decide if now's the time to adopt OOXML, because ODF is now allegedly supported, you probably want to read his Update on ODF Spreadsheet Interoperability. He compares all the options, which he tested a couple of months ago, OpenOffice, Google Docs, Clever Age, Sun's plugin, KSpread and Symphony, adds in the new Office 2007 SP2, and makes the comparison. I think it's fair to say that SP2 does worse than any of the others, or at best they fail equally in some categories. Clever Age actually did better on the tests than Office 2007 SP2. Why? What could possibly explain that?

"Why would Microsoft be worse than the others? Here's a bit on that from Weir's article:"

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