which office suite is best compatible with MS Office?
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If you need 100% compatibility, you will need to use Crossover Office or be lucky installing it with the default wine.
Open/Star Office are way better office suits in my humble opinion, but things are handled differently between MS Office and OpenOffice, as background images or placement of tables in a text document, for example. That means there's no way that _all_ documents created in MS Office will work in OpenOffice or vice-versa, but it will be acceptable.
If OpenOffice won't work for you or Crossover Office/wine aren't what you are after, then it's just better to dual boot...
Last edited by Mega Man X; 10-04-2004 at 02:22 AM.
My understanding (correct me if wrong) is that Oo can
read 95+ % of MS word files. The biggest difficulties is
reading MS word macros. Most people do not use
macros - they just type in texts and add a few tables/graphs/
etc. However, businnesses use fancy stuffs. So it
depends on what kind of docs you are reading.
The issues i've found that I would love to find a linux solution for:
table of contents, formatting of headers and footers when theres an image involved.
MSOffice has a nice feature that does table of contents updates automatically. I still dual boot since i work with MS users to create contracts and proposals and whatnot, and i don't like to have to go back and fix conversion problems every time i work on a new version of the document.
I had some header and margin issues when using open office. As much as I like OO, that is simply not acceptable when, say, typing a resume' to be submitted electronically. Crossover office is not free, but if I recall, you can get xandros 2.0 for free, which includes both star office and crossover office. I've tried xandros before, and it's actually pretty functional, if you can get past some small things (it really tries to be like windows).
Distribution: SUSE 9.1 Pro and Debian Testing on Server
The free version of Xandros includes neither StarOffice nor Crossover Office. I downloaded it a month or so ago and tried it, it only includes OpenOffice. I doubt CodeWeavers or Sun Microsystems would be very happy with Xandros if Xandros was giving away their products for free.