Geneva Tax Authorities Distribute Mozilla 1.2.1 to Taxpayers
Saturday February 15th, 2003
The German Heise magazine is reporting that all taxpayers in the Swiss canton of Geneva are being given a CD which includes a French version of Mozilla 1.2.1. The CD also includes GEtax 2002, a tax declaration program, and OpenOffice.org 1.0.1.
#38 re: advantages of OO.o
Sunday February 16th, 2003 7:31 AM
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I hate to be the one to burst the bubble here, but MS Word has many of the features you mention above. Now I'm not knocking OOo here, I have it installed on both of my home PCs, one of which was self-built so didn't come with MS Office, and one came with MS Word+MS Works, and I'm afraid that on the PC that had Word+Works pre-installed I removed the dire MS Works and replaced it with OOo (minus the word processor) and kept MS Word.
Now IMHO OOo being a fully fledged office suite has a lot of advantages over MS Works, but few if any over MS Office other than the cost (and hard disk footprint) in fact the only ones I've noticed are the above mentioned PDF export, along with far better HTML output when saving a spreadsheet (or whatever) to HTML and the ability to link to the Netscape/Mozilla address book for things like mail merges.
MS Word does have a built-in stylesheet like ability (definitely since Word 2000, maybe before) the UI is different but its there displayed in the default toolbars. Not many users use it because people are used to styling each heading, bullet and paragraph separately in Word, but its one of the first and most time saving features that a trainer will show you if you ever take a MS Word course. (clue if you hover the mouse over that combo box that normally just says "normal" the tooltip says "style" and clicking the box gives you a drop down list of pre-defined styles and clicking the Styles button beside it lets you see and modify all of the default styles and create your own.
Word has also had auto-complete as you type for predefined autocompletions, since Word 97 it has tried to autocomplete when it thinks you're typing something like a date, and you can predefine any number of other autocompletions through it's AutoType feature (in Tools -> Autocorrect).
Sorry to refute your claims like that but I do work in IT in a large company and see both of these features used on a daily basis by experienced users.