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There is one thing over the years that I have found where MS Office has been consistently better than Open Office and that is in speed, particularly in startup time and file saves.
Open Office is noticeably slow and it seems that version 2 is even worse than version 1 (at least worse than the later versions of 1).
AbiWord and Gnumeric are significantly faster than their MS / OO equivalents (although this may be due to having much more limited functionality).
I had always assumed Open Office's slowness was a result of the JRE dependency, but from what I have read most of the major functionality does not rely directly on Java -- so maybe it is simply an issue of bloat.