Originally Posted by Hightower
The trouble is that I do have old files that would need transferring and opening and with my children using memory sticks to upload work for school. If this Open Office was compatible with the files then this would seem to be the Ideal solution. The other reason that I want works is that I work my emails inside the Outlook express environment and again have an address book and emails that would need transferring over.
I've seen cheap licenced copy's of office 2009 on ebay for a fiver. Is this for real? People seem to be happy with the copies they're getting. Outdated stock? Pirate copy's
I tested OpenOffice about 18 months ago and whilst it was fine in isolation, I had issues with compatibility with Microsoft Office.
Nothing major, just silly little things like messing up indents, justification bulleted lists. OK as a one off, but I needed to switch back and forwards regularly which ruled it out for me. It may have improved since then, nothing to lose by giving it a try.
That said, you can get a legit copy of Microsoft Office for under £40:
and just to confirm they are legit:
which if your kids are submitting homework that has to be spot on would be money well spent (IMHO).
Agree with the comments about Thunderbird - the latest version 3.1.2 is better than ever, and I am a big fan of the associated browser Firefox.
As for the £5 Ebay Office discs? Yes, they are most likely pirate discs, usually corporate licences that don't need to be validated online. You pays your money and takes your choice, but best avoided in my opinion.