[K12OSN] Office 2007 and OpenOffice

Doug Simpson simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
Tue Sep 18 12:53:12 UTC 2007

When it comes to tenology (especially M$) Newer isn't always better. . .!



Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
De Queen Public Schools
De Queen, AR
simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us

>>> Rita Gibson <rgibson57 at earthlink.net> 9/18/2007 7:52 AM >>>
I guess I've been living under a rock, so I am unaware of what is going 
on between Office 2007 and OpenOffice.

Can anyone fill me in? There are some kids bringing Office 2007 
documents into the building and are unable to open them in OpenOffice. I 
have not seen this myself, but this is what the technology teacher is 
telling me. I did a quick google, but found no practical information 
from a user standpoint, just discussions about Open XML and ODF. I see 
there is an ODF converter for Office 2007, but it would be impossible to 
have parents install a converter. In the past, it was much easier to 
have OpenOffice be able to open Microsoft and save as Microsoft, less 
knowledge on the part of the user necessary....

This may be a huge problem in our building since all of the staff just 
switched to Office 2007 on their windows machines. :^(


Rita Gibson

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