I was reading an article by Linux Girl aka Katherine Noyes over at PCworld. In the comments I noticed there were quite a wide variety of opinions expressed but this lie leapt off the page:
“For the corporate world runnng MS Office is essential. Yes, you can run things like Office LIbre but if you are running mission critical software has to be qualified or you are interfacing with a customer who uses MSO then you can well have a problem. They won’t be happy running spreadsheets through conversions at eadh iteration and hoping that everything converted correctly.”
I remember the days when schools where I worked used M$’s office suite. There were no end of problems caused by M$’s frequent changes of file-formats causing anyone using the latest version to seed the planet with stuff users of the older versions could not use. Of course, that was to force everyone to buy the latest version… That was a while back. Now governments are demanding ODF and PDF formats be used for exchanging or archiving documents simply to avoid that lock-in, lower costs of massive file-conversions, and to ensure the archives remain accessible. Many corporate organizations have converted their office-suites to OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice. Google, Munich, and many others have even gone a step farther down the road to freedom and are using GNU/Linux operating systems widely.
That makes the quoted comment a lie in 2013. It may have been true a decade ago but no longer. Folks like Munich who dug out of the hole they made by choosing M$ (as if they had a choice) years ago are laughing and the rest of the world are looking for the exits: cloud services or FLOSS. With widespread use of thin clients, corporations large and small can use whatever software they want any way they want and choosing ODF makes the office suite and the operating system a much simpler choice.