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Would you install Microsoft Office if it were free

nicholdraper (1053972) writes | more than 5 years ago

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nicholdraper writes "Recently I received the MSDN subscription update disk for Microsoft Office. I am the main developer for a small company and we recently let the developer go who had an active MSDN subscription. I normally install software on my home computer to evaluate it. Here's my dilemma, about ten years ago I started weaning myself from Microsoft software at home. In fact, I use open office regularly and I couldn't be happier. Sure I use word at work, I decided long ago to not waste time on that battle. But, I haven't seen a feature that wasn't in Office 95 that I would use, so I don't see the point in paying for upgrades every two to five years. I am against pirating software, so open source solved my needs. Now, I have a copy paid for by the company where I work, which I should spend time to evaluate. I'm afraid to install it and end up with files in a format for which I would have to pay for software in the future to open. Is there any reason to use MS Office? Would you install it or not?"

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Free as in Freedom (1)

jamesmcm (1354379) | more than 5 years ago | (#28194349)

No. Because it may be Gratis for you, it is not Libre and by using proprietary applications and formats you only risk not being able to access older documents in the future, and lock yourself in to buying Office with the hope that they maintain backwards compatibility.

Save your freedom and use OpenOffice - it is a small sacrifice for freedom.
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