Officiously speaking

I was not fond of OpenOffice 4, and have rolled back to 3.4.1, which had never given me any grief. Will Truman has temporarily thrown in with the LibreOffice partisans. However, he doesn’t share my antipathy for the dominant office suite:

For the most part, I don’t miss Microsoft Office. The problem is … Google.

Google’s Android apps … don’t read ODF files. There is a third-party app that can read them capably, one that can edit them clumsily, and one that can edit documents but not spreadsheets. It’s all harder than with regular MS Office docs, however, where there are multiple apps that can edit them well.

If Google were to offer support within Drive, that would be remarkably convenient. Not just for my phone, where I wouldn’t be doing anything non-major, but for the desktop as well. Their refusal to support ODF files is maddening.

This is almost, but not quite, as weird as Ford’s original SYNC system, developed with Microsoft, which worked better with iPods than it did with Zunes.


  1. McGehee »

    2 August 2014 · 6:18 pm

    Yeah, I’ve pretty much gone over to Google Docs for most uses. And when I use LibreO I save in Word format.

  2. Trumwill »

    5 August 2014 · 9:51 am

    I’ve considered switching over to GoogleDocs entirely. A part of me doesn’t want to out of principle (the change would be in response to their policy, which I do not like). I’m also not sure about the implications for offline usage in Linux.

    CGH, what didn’t you like about AOO 4.0? I was disappointed by it as I thought they were going to implement some of the things I like about IBM Lotus Symphony*. But I haven’t formed much of an opinion beyond that.

    * – I did some work for IBM a while back. Some of the employees were complaining that IBM was starting to deny requests for Microsoft Office because they should use Symphony. I thought that was an interesting experiment in dogfooding, and that IBM must be more serious about Symphony than I thought. Within six months, they canned the project and turned it over to OpenOffice. I don’t know if IBM employees were given permission to install MS Office after that.

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