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Lorna Garey
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11/3/2014 | 5:59:25 PM
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Office won't die for the same reason email won't -- it's the lingua franca for business. For all the handwringing about getting business users off email and into collaboration suites, the missing piece is federation. I can't bring a third-party contractor into the collaboration tool, but I can send him an email. Similarly, I can be pretty sure that anyone I want to send a spreadsheet to has Excel.
Michael Endler
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11/3/2014 | 2:42:05 PM
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That's really interesting, Li. Thanks for sharing. Pages isn't that different from Word, but there's definitely a learning curve-- enough that I could see some employee resistance. And Numbers vs. Excel is sure to inspire fierce debate among spreadsheet power users. Office has been the standard for a long time, and the user base it's built up is formidable, though some competitors have nibbled into it.
Susan Fourtané
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11/3/2014 | 5:39:21 AM
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Li Tan, -- Getting used to something doesn't mean they couldn't change to something different that is actually better that what they got used to using before joining your company. That sounds lazy to me. And it's true that choosing to use a very old version of MS Office on Macs is very weird. Macs have much better equivalent software and it would be just easy because all the engineers have Macs. They only need to go through some adaptation period, which is not a big deal either. The only users who are hard to educate are those who don't want to spend time learning. That is exactly what I think. :) -Susan
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/3/2014 | 4:55:07 AM
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Susan, this is indeed a dilemma and pain point for us. Many engineers got used to MS Office before they joined us. So IT decided to deploy MS Office on MacBook. This combination is weird but it may continue for quite sometim. It's hard to educate end users.:-)
Susan Fourtané
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11/3/2014 | 3:32:57 AM
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Li Tan, -- If all the engineers in your company use MacBooks, why do they use MS Office for Mac? I find absolutely ridiculous that Microsoft has not updated it for four year as this is a terribly long time for not updating software. -Susan
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/2/2014 | 9:34:41 PM
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It's a good news and important for my software engineers. In my company the development environment is only available on Linux and Mac. So all engineers here use MacBook laptop. It's quite important to have MS Office on Mac so that they can work smoothly.
danielcawrey
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11/1/2014 | 4:24:26 PM
Bloat
Despite Office's contuinued bloat of features that make it a rather wieldy program suite, so many people use it as the standard. Google Docs has tried to compete, and does offer compelling collaboration features. 

I think a more cohesive release cycle for Office by Microsoft is smart even if the different platforms do stay on different release cycles 


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