eWeek reviews Microsoft Office alternatives and writes One of the primary benefits that Office alternatives offer is support for a much wider range of hardware and software platformsóincluding Linux, Solaris and FreeBSDóthan is likely ever to jibe with Microsoft’s Windows-centric strategies. However, while desktop Linux is maturing quickly, most organizations are understandably less inclined to prize Penguin friendliness over the more immediate concern of compatibility with Microsoft’s de facto standard file formats.
In eWEEK Labs’ tests of Office alternatives and in extended use of OpenOffice. org, we’ve experienced good results opening and creating Microsoft Office documents, but compatibility issues do sometimes arise. One of the most commonóand most easily correctedósources of incorrect document rendering is missing fonts, which can change paragraph lengths and pagination and can shift floating elements out of alignment.[end post]
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