OO isnt the only option ZoHo, Abiword and Gnumeric.
We've stuck with 2003 and move that license to new machines as old ones are
retired. (which I am told is legal).
We've had no issues with the 07 compatibility pack (thus far, and I can't say
what was the cost to install was ...)
Microsoft Office @ $50 each over 10 years of mainstream support, the costs
are miniscule compared to other costs to educate students. (I don't mean that
negatively, I mean it's a bargain).
Seems odd to me that given the salary/benefit costs of any given employee,
one would even think of quibling over $5/year for office software ...
There are hidden costs using OO, the first time that there is a issue with
conversion, and that file doesnt quite look right, how much payroll are you
going to burn through to get it resolved, how much payroll to get clipart 'good
enough' or rejigger your lesson plans ...
However, if OO provides some competition and MSFT therefore makes a better
product or sells it to us cheaper, so be it.