Analyst: If You Want To Keep Your Job, Keep Using Microsoft Office

from the end-of-the-road dept

For a long time, Google insisted that it had no intention of competing directly against Microsoft in its core business areas, but as the company started to expand its online office suite, it became clear that the two companies would form a rivalry. That being said, few have argued that Google's office apps actually offer a substitute for MS Office (at least not yet), but rather that they work well in certain key areas. Nonetheless, one analyst is warning that deploying Google apps could be a potentially "career limiting" move for any enterprise architects. In other words, don't throw out your Office licenses just because you can save money going with Google. That might be good advice, except that it's basically just knocking down a straw man, as it's hard to imagine there are many people out there actually considering such a drastic course of action. What's funny is that the analyst then goes on to describe the 'limited' areas where Google's service might be useful; they include startups, small businesses, collaborative projects, and enterprise non-power users. It sure sounds like a large swath of the market could be well served by these tools by the analyst's own admission. Simply warning of dire consequences for anyone who puts too much confidence in Google doesn't really address the question.
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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Aug 2007 @ 6:26pm

    Open Office is not enough

    This is an example. I do not have time or knowledge to write a full report on what the issues are.

    Why do business people, especially technical be they engineers, accounts or business people, not switch to Linux?

    First people engaged in business are not impressed with an operating system. They have a job to do and that is not programming computers. Simply said accounts do accounting, engineers build roads, bridges, buildings, electrical power systems et. Business people do communication and do contracts. Each requires special computer software which includes a world of software besides an office suit.

    Engineers are noted for using CAD programs. The standard for CAD is AutoCAD file format not AutoCAD the program just as the standard for office documents is MS office format In both cases other formats work very well. One can do CAD and Office documents in different formats besides AutoCAD and MS Office, save then and use them latter, BUT!, one can not share them with other individuals which are using a different file format.

    Open Office is a fine set of office tools which may replace MS Office in most cases and when it will not you are into some really weird stuff.

    But that is not enough.

    You are an engineer. You need CAD once, twice a week. You are not a designer working with CAD but you do need to make a few modifications and you do do this infrequently. Well one of the best CAD programs comes with most Linux distributions but it does not allow one to open and save in AutoCAD format so is completely useless to any engineer, which is all engineers, who need to share their work. One has a choice stick with Microsoft and buy AutoCAD light for $US 600.00 to $US 900.00 or buy a Linux/Unix CAD package for $US 6,000.00 or so. Or simply do with out.

    You are an accountant. You have the same issue as the engineer but it is accounting packages.

    What to do. Every body that I know sticks with Microsoft so that they can get some work done and not get fired for playing with an incomputable operating system all day.

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