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April 08, 2009


Saqib Ali

Until the MS Office alternatives can support complex data analysis such as Pivot Tables, I think making the switch to a alternative suite is not possible for most large organizations.

OpenOffice / LotusSymphony or even Google Apps are nowhere even close to matching the feature set of Office 2007.

I think Google can produce the a suite that is a match to Office 2007, but they have to drop the idea that everything can be done using AJAX. They need to start using Silverlight or Adobe Air to provide the rich user-interface and charting and data analysis tools.

Just my $0.02

Note: MS is planning on a releasing a Silverlight based Office for the Cloud, which will essentially be superior to any Cloud based office suite currently available.

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