[LINK] Friday Musing: Docx - Open Office versus Microsoft Office

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Fri Nov 11 15:26:40 AEDT 2011

Well I couldn't be bothered to work out the proportion of the GDP on a
global basis so I did an AP (A***pluck) and estimated the effect on the

i.e.: Goods and services that somewhere in their chain of creation were
initially discussed in a PowerPoint or word document with an Excel
spreadsheet to calculate the margins required fro profitably and then
sold on an MS powered POS cash register or via a web page sitting on

On that basis, even a jar of olives can be affected by the dreaded blue


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Glen Turner [mailto:gdt at gdt.id.au] 
> Sent: Friday, 11 November 2011 2:54 PM
> To: Tom Koltai
> Cc: link at anu.edu.au
> Subject: Re: [LINK] Friday Musing: Docx - Open Office versus 
> Microsoft Office
> Perhaps it's a simply case of people doing what is in their 
> own interest. OpenOffice want to compete with Microsoft Word, 
> so it will open .doc and .docx. Microsoft Word's greatest 
> competitor is previous versions of Microsoft Word. So they'd 
> very much like you to upgrade.
> > The fact that buggy software affects productivity and 
> output, it could 
> > be legitimately postulated that Microsoft is responsible 
> for as much 
> > as .35% drop in overall CPI.
> No. That's simply a case of not understanding what the 
> Consumer Price Index measures.
> - Glen

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