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Office 2007 Is Hugely Popular

It's hugely popular in the retail channel, anyway.

And speaking of productivity suites (dig that smooth transition), Jim not only read Tuesday's entire newsletter entry on Google and Capgemini, he took the time to write us about it:

"Like you, I think Capgemini's backing of Google's office suite will just cause Microsoft to create lighter-weight and less-expensive versions of Office, so what would be the point of moving to Google? Plus, there is so much Microsoft Office documentation, books, training, online forums that OpenOffice, Star Office and Google's suite just don't have. Then because Microsoft wisely designed Office products so that one could extend them via VBA or compiled add-ons, millions of businesses have custom code that can be reused in MS Office, even in lighter-weight, less expensive versions. I know from experience OpenOffice, Star Office cannot make use of compiled Office add-ons nor of non-compiled add-ons, nor can they correctly work with VBA (macros) except very simple ones. Google's office suite won't work with any existing Office custom coding. In addition, with Microsoft's building of many data centers around the world, applications like SoftGrid and more, you can expect Microsoft will be offering an excellent Office product as SaaS. Competition makes good things happen and only makes Microsoft create better products, which is what we are seeing."

Jim, we're right there with you, and thanks for taking the time to write.

Posted by Lee Pender on September 13, 2007


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