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Re: Office shootout: OpenOffice.org Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.248.236.96] on October 10, 2007 05:43 PM
It's one thing to compare the two when starting from a clean slate. For people migrating from Excel to Calc, it's a very different story. There are dozens of little details where the two differ fundamentally. Unless you do the migration very carefully, verifying results each step of the way, and are prepared for some serious spreadsheet debugging to fix the glitches, you are likely to end up in a ditch. When the spreadsheets are business-critical, spending a few thousand dollars on Excel, rather than risk a lot of money--maybe more than the MS licenses--on a careful migration, starts to look like a no-brainer. Yes it's short-term thinking since after that you never spend another dime on MS licenses, but that's the way it is.

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