Mr BW will be delighted as I shall no longer have to email him at work attaching files for conversion.
And I have office 2010 which I hate, too many stupid pictures and icons where a simple list would suffice.
Our office has very recently been dragged into using Office 2010 - upgrading from perfectly reliable vrs 2000. We use mainly Excel and I hate the new version - although daily use and a bit of personalisation has reconciled me to some of it - but it seems to have so many argumentative features which have to be turned off if you don't want nagging all the time, and as for sharing violations which corrupt your files - after just a few weeks of this I'm fed up with them.
I did know about the converter because we had to use it a couple of years ago, but it doesn't always work.
I'm very much of the opinion that if something works and does all you need it to, there is no point in succumbing to advertising and marketing to get (usually purchase) the newer version, with all its inbuilt annoyances.
Fortunately I don't have to use what I'm given by an employer.
I'm currently horrified by the HUGE pile of analogue TVs and recorders at the local tip. What's wrong with a Freeview box? I saw some for £9.99 the other day.
LibreOffice ( http://www.libreoffice.org/ ) is the way to go.
Totally accepts all MS Office (including .*x files) and is better than MS Office.
Neither does my employer, fortunately. However we have a few clients for whom it's become an issue "you can do so much more with 2010" which has forced our hand. The jury's out on 'so much more' - prettier charts, perhaps - of far more importance to our line of work is the higher degree of encryption available, which we have to concede is sensible.
Our TV is knocking 12 years old now. Works fine with a Freeview box (or two) and I won't let the other half replace it until we have to, simply because whatever you buy is obsolete within days (almost!) and he's always looking for the newest thing. I refuse to upgrade for the sake of it.
So, LibreOffice > OpenOffice now?
I cannot keep up.
I have almost stopped trying.
GoodTwin - our main TV is now well over 20. 23 I think. It was Mr BW's. They don't make 'em like that any more. We shall keep it until it will work no more. The picture and colours are much better than any of our (highly expensive) flat screen newer models that are elsewhere.
Damn, now I've tempted fate.
LibreOffice is the follow-on to OpenOffice.
OpenOffice got bought by someone (Oracle?) and development stalled, so it got forked out to another organisation, who are now developing it and making it much better.
History of OpenOffice : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org#History
History of LibreOffice : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libreoffice
LibreOffice got forked out of OpenOffice when that got bought/donated to Apache. (Either way, Apache ended up owning OpenOffice)
Libre is (IMHO) nicer than OO.
Thanks for the info Lyle.
Yet another example of how everything free has its price: or rather, how something that is set up to be free, and professes its freedom, can be bought by a large corporation if enough bucks are placed on the table.