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Compatibility isn't just a Linux-Microsoft problem; it's also a Microsoft-Microsoft problem

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on December 20, 2007 12:54 AM
I work with a collegue in a very large-scale enterprise network who has been long-struggling to get his Vista Home Premium box to connect to his XP Professional box. Many of the problems I hear Microsoft Windows users (wanting to migrate to Linux) complain about, concern compatibility. Most forget that, even within Microsoft Windows, there have alway been compatibility issues. From various versions of the OS, to different versions of MS Office formats as well. If you switch from one version of Outlook/Exchange for example, there could be data loss/corruption with personal folder (.pst) formats - as just one example. The solution for some has been to just use Open Source to create/open documents, just so that they can keep compatibility within their previous MS formats. Just don't expect staying Microsoft is the magic pill for compatibility issues - it has proven that that will not solve the problem.


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