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From conflue...@apache.org
Subject [CONF] Apache OpenOffice Community > Why OpenOffice
Date Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:10:00 GMT
Space: Apache OpenOffice Community (https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS)
Page: Why OpenOffice (https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/Why+OpenOffice)


Edited by Rob Weir:
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h2. If OpenOffice is the solution, what is the problem?

On this page we're brainstorming about what OpenOffice is good for, what kind of individuals
and organizations, what their needs and concerns are and how they might hear about OpenOffice.
|| Person || What problem are they trying to solve \\ || How OpenOffice solves the problem
\\ || What would they search Google for to find a solution? \\ ||
| University student with limited budget \\ | Need a word processor for their course, but
Microsoft Office, even with student discount, costs money. \\ | * OpenOffice is free
* OpenOffice is compatible with their existing documents \\ | * free microsoft office
* free office
* discount microsoft office
* free office <platform> |
| IT Director for Public Library or Community Center with a computers available for public
use.&nbsp; \\ | Wants to provide office suite functionality to their patrons.&nbsp;
They have limited budget, so commercial software licenses come at the expense of other potential
services. \\
\\ | | |
| Operator of Internet Cafe \\ | Need an inexpensive way to provide office suite functionality
to their patrons \\ | | |
| Employee who uses MS Office at work, but occasionally wants to do some work at home. \\
| | | |
| IT Director or CIO of company who have been subject to BSA software license audits \\ |
| | |
| CIO of large corporations facing end of support for Office 2003 in 2014 \\ | | | |
| Budget computer manufacturer \\ | Consumers want basic office functionality on their new
computers.&nbsp; An easy solution was to OEM Microsoft's Office Starter Edition.&nbsp;
But Microsoft has announced that it is [ending this program|http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/428374/microsoft_dumps_office_starter_from_pc_maker_choices/],
and has not offered a replacement. \\ | Manufacturer can bundle OpenOffice for free, and their
users get a full suite, not just a trial or ad-supported product. \\ | * replacement for Office
Starter Edition
* alternative to Office Starter Edition
* OEM OpenOffice |
| F/OSS Enthusiast \\ | Prefers to use open source applications wherever possible.&nbsp;
Where alternatives exist may use the option believed to be most open. \\ | Open source, open
community, reputation. \\ | openoffice \\
open office \\
openoffice.org \\
\\
(in other words, this category of user can be assumed to already know the "openoffice" name
and would search for this directly. \\ |
| Manufacturer of In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems, media hubs, kiosks or similar computing
appliances. \\ | Wants to embed office-functionality without the expenses of commercial licensing
or royalties.&nbsp; Maybe have additional constraints on available system resources. \\
| Open source, Microsoft compatibility, portability of code, lower system resource requirements
than commercial offerings. \\ | * open source microsoft office
* microsoft office alternatives
* royalty free office
* embeddable office |
| Telecom provider/ISP \\ | Wants to provide a library of free software for their subscribers,&nbsp;
as a value add to their service.&nbsp; May want to customize or even rebrand the UI, e.g.,
"Comcast Office" \\ | Free, open source, easily customizable, available on all major platforms.&nbsp;
Permissive license makes it easier to get internal legal approval to work with it. \\ | *
most popular free software
* most downloaded free software
* free customizable office suite
* open source customizable office suite |
| IT Director or CIO of company who plan for the desktop cloud deployment \\ | Wants to embed
office-functionality without the expenses of commercial licensing or royalties. And avoid
the expanding license fee when the scale of the virtual desktop client number grows. \\ |
Free, open source, easily customizable, available on all major  platforms.&nbsp; Permissive
license makes it easier to get internal legal  approval to work with it. | * open source microsoft
office
* microsoft office alternative |
| Archivist or other user than needs to be able to read older documents.\\ | Microsoft has
dropped some older formats in Office 2010, such as Lotus wk1 spreadsheet formats.&nbsp;
Users may need to read old documents.\\
 \\
Reference;&nbsp; actual user case:&nbsp; https://twitter.com/umdatalib/statuses/223130950136115201\\
 \\
Microsoft tech note:&nbsp; http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/file-formats-that-are-supported-in-excel-HP010352464.aspx#BMunsupportedformats
| OpenOffice imports many file, including older ones like Lotus 1-2-3.\\
 \\
The permissive license of AOO makes it possible for programmers to add more formats.\\
 \\
AOO users even have success loading damaged DOC files that even Word will not load.\\ | *
&nbsp;how to read <format> documents
* how to read <format> files
* excel cannot read <formal>
* <format> reader
* <format> editor |
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