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Re: Office software shootout: OpenOffice.org Writer vs. Microsoft Word, round three

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.248.106.179] on September 12, 2007 02:31 AM
Having used both quite extensively, and supporting quite a few people who use one or the other, I believe your stability experience has been atypical. Word is both more prone to crashing (although not as bad as '97) and to instability (peculiar behavior requiring a reboot to correct), and to "de-formatting" documents (e.g., moving a picture to the top of the page despite anchor settings). It is certainly usable, but I've learned to reflexively hit Control-S every few minutes to minimize my risk in Word. Writer is much more stable and predictable, so much so that if you don't need Word-specific features, I'd recommend using Writer even if you already own Word.

Now if only Impress could raise itself to the same *league* as PowerPoint... *sigh*

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