James Gaskin has a thought provoking piece in Network World entitled, “OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office” that puts a different spin on considering your Office Suite.
The 80/20 rule is states that “Eighty percent of computer users never exploit 20% of their office productivity suite features. Since I believe the 80/20 rule applies just about everywhere, that means that 80% of users don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars for software features they’ll never use.
The author of this article does the math for you.
Total for 50 users with Microsoft Office 2007: $17,500.
Total for 50 users following 80/20 rule with OpenOffice and Office 2007: $3,500.
So in these budget tightening times would you like to save thousands of dollars? Introduce your users to Open Office.
Try it, you will love it.