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> Lest we not forget that M$ Office 2010 is in beta......
> I took a look at it and it doesn't appear to be anything I want to rush
> into. 

And THAT is just one reason why we are pushing forward with OO - we just
can't afford to keep M$ software "current!"

We have been using a mix of office 2003/XP/2000 but started installing OO on
all machines two years ago. We have also been giving it to students who do
not have Word at home to broaden our community experience with OO. We have
now moved some of our Mac labs and all of our classroom ("third tier")
machines to OO exclusively (retiring office 2K), and are about to do this
with our high-use library computers as well. We will continue to use 2003
until it begins to show it's age, at which point I would expect OO to have
exceeded what 2003 can do.

Sure, there are occasional formatting issues but I believe that will only
effect a small percentage of our users. Time will tell. We did also follow
some of the advice last spring and installed Oxygen Office with a full
Gallery so that lack of clipart is not an issue.

Eric Hall
Technology Coordinator
Waterbury/Duxbury Schools
Washington West Supervisory Union
Waterbury, VT
(802) 244-6100

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> on 12/3/09 1:25 PM, Jean Campbell wrote:
>
> Lest we not forget that M$ Office 2010 is in beta......
> I took a look at it and it doesn't appear to be anything I want to rush
> into. 
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>>>> Stephen Barner <[log in to unmask]> 12/3/2009 12:46 PM >>>
> South Burlington has OO installed on all computers and people can
> choose to use it or MS Office 2003.  We are currently discussing moving
> entirely to OO, primarily as a budget savings scheme.  The biggest issue
> will probably be file formats and the differences in layout when opening
> MS Office files in OO, though there are issues with database
> compatibility as well.  MS Office macros don't seem to work in OO.
> PowerPoint files almost always look a lot different in OO Impress.
>  
> It's a tough sell, but I'm told that it would take about $70K to move
> to Office 2007.  That's about the total cost of a teaching position.
> I'd happily use OO exclusively, if it meant saving someone's job.
>  
> Steve Barner
> South Burlington
> 
> From: School Information Technology Discussion
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Isham, David
> Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 11:33 AM
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> Subject: What version of Office are people using?
> 
> 
> HI,
> We are still using M$ Office 2k, and wondering what our kids will
> encounter in high school. GISU is k-8.
> Some of us really donšt like M$ office 2007! Does anyone use Open
> Office with students?
>  
>  
> David Isham
> Network Administrator
> Grand Isle Supervisory Union
> 5038 US Rte 2
> North Hero, VT 05474
> 802-372-6921 vox
> 802-372-4898 fax
>  
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