For years, I’ve used the MS Office apps and love them. I especially like the formatting features and tables. I’m now debating whether or not to upgrade my Windows 2010 apps, or switch over to Open Office and Google Docs.
Aside from the learning curve – are there any other reasons to pay money for MS Office ?
Two I can think of are 1.) Ease of formatting, and 2.) Potential formatting differences when saving from MS Office to Open Office or Google docs, and vice versa. I’ve experienced that the documents I create in Open Office don’t always look exactly the same in MS Office, and vice versa (not sure if anyone else has experience this). Total number of keystrokes for common tasks is another factor for me. I want one-click functionality for saving to web and pack, and printing from the cloud through a smartphone to a printer.