…why I switched to from Microsoft Word to OpenOffice.*
I had a compatibility issue with a critique I received from a friend who uses Word. It had all kinds of great annotations and highlights, but I wasn’t able to view it properly**…so I hopped over to Microsoft’s website and discovered they had Microsoft Office 2010 Beta available as a free download. So I downloaded it thinking that maybe I would make the switch back.
Unfortunately, I didn’t even get a chance to really check it out. As soon as I downloaded it, I started having problems downloading files and saving images in FireFox. I went through the whole tech support thing, routed out spyware, deleted my download file, et cetera. Still no fix.
Finally, I just deleted Office 2010 Beta, and everything works just dandy. It’s too bad really. I really was interested in giving it a shot.
The other thing it did that bugged me is it made itself my default word processor, so that whenever I opened my OpenWrite .odt files, it tried to convert them and pull them up in Word. To me, that’s like a house guest rearranging your refrigerator to their liking…in other words, it’s kind of rude. I think Microsoft could ingratiate themselves more with users if their software wasn’t so invasive, if they gave users a choice instead of assuming we want their software to be the end all be all.
Anyway, lesson learned. You get what you pay for. I updated my OpenOffice. Mozilla is working properly again. Everything is sunshine and daffodils once more. 🙂
* I should mention that I don’t think Microsoft is evil — but it’s a cool picture, huh?
** If you want full compatibility between OpenWrite (part of OpenOffice) and Microsoft Word, make sure your file extensions are .doc and not .docx. (Thanks, Kevin!)