Open Office v MS Office

  GBL 09:31 07 Oct 2009

I am getting a message about the authenticity of MS Office, I only use Word, Outlook for personal contacts and Calendar, and Excel.Is Open Office easy to use as I am considering uninstalling MS Office and installing Open Office. Would that open existing MS Office files??

  TonyV 09:42 07 Oct 2009

Open Office seems to do most things that Office will do. Certainly for the normal user. I have them both installed on my machine because I got fed up with the inbuilt obsolescence that MS put in to their systems which means they expect you to also buy the next version of Office. It becomes a very expensive option. Open Office will open Office files with no problems.


  tullie 09:43 07 Oct 2009


  GBL 09:59 07 Oct 2009

Thanks for that, I will give it a try, I will probably leave MS Office installed for the time being.

Take care.

  Trepan 10:29 07 Oct 2009

I 'converted' to Open Office 5 years ago and have never looked back. It is so easy to use and has the benefit of not being an MS product. Updates and newer versions are a great feature and the help/forum system is first class - and it is free! although you can make a contribution to further its development if you so desire.


  GBL 10:43 07 Oct 2009

I think that I am about to be converted.
Getting fed up with MS.

  OTT_Buzzard 10:56 07 Oct 2009

I'm a recent convert to Open Office. If you just use basic office functions it's perfect.

I can't comment on more complex features such as macro programming since I haven't used them in open office.

  southhead 14:16 07 Oct 2009

You say you presently use Outlook. I don’t think Open Office has anything like that, but I use Mozilla Thunderbird with the Lightning calendar extension which, combined, gives similar functions to those of Outlook.
I can recommend Open Office- its great!

  GBL 15:41 07 Oct 2009

Thanks to all. I am convinced. I will take a look at what Southhead said. Take care.

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