Posted Jan 26, 2005 15:13 UTC (Wed) by louie
In reply to: (sigh)
Parent article: OpenOffice.org database application: A first look review (NewsForge)
I think that's a really limiting mindset. Sure, there are a zillion things that OOo can't do that Office can. So what? The vast majority of the market don't do those things. Apple went ahead and created their presentation tool, deliberately not matching Powerpoint's feature set, and it was successful enough for them that they repeated it with Pages.
You are partially right, in that the corporate IT 'checklist' mindset, combined with lack of obvious security holes in Office, might make such a thing harder to get into the corporate world than Firefox. But individuals will adopt it. Hell, one of OOo's biggest problems is lack of outside contributors- you don't think being more performant and easier to use would maybe make some of abiword and gnumeric's contributors more likely to work on OOo?
[BTW, I think the correct comparison for Firefox is not IE, but Mozilla- Mozilla was around for ages, was big, featureful, etc., and up against a very insecure IE, but never made the slightest dent in IE's market share. The important question to ask is 'why did firefox make such an impact when Mozilla did not?' And the key difference, of course, is speed and ease of use.]
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