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asked 2018-10-06 15:20:46 +0100

Kosta gravatar image

My first look at Libre. Sounds interesting. If I download LIbre, do you recommend that I delete my Microsoft App/ Are there any advantages to keeping both? If I create a document or work with a document using LIbre, would I ever want to subsequently go back into it using Microsoft? Also, typically how long does it take to receive an answer to my help questions? Thanks, Kosta

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answered 2018-10-06 16:37:55 +0100

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Thanks Mike, this helps alot, glad I asked. I'm thinking this is not for me, however, precisely because I wanted to find a better alternative to Microsoft, not an addition to it. The two negative you indicated are substantial, even if they are the "only" problem. So thanks for the info. I would be curious if other people in fact use both, and go back and forth, and find that this is suitable and worth it. Thanks again, Kosta

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Please don't use "Answer" (which is supposed to answer the initial question) for what should be a comment. This is an Ask site, i.e., not a forum with lengthy conversations, but a collection of questions and one of more direct answers to it (so users looking for an answer would see all of them).

Even the order of the answers changes, so it's impossible to keep track of the order if they are used in conversations.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-10-06 16:40:55 +0100 )edit
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answered 2018-10-06 16:05:29 +0100

If I download LIbre, do you recommend that I delete my Microsoft App/ Are there any advantages to keeping both?

I don't think there should be such a recommendation. Typically, the two suites happily coexist on a single box. There might be issues with file associations though (i.e., when MS Office or Windows decide to update, they often hijack file associations from LibreOffice) - that is the only annoyance that regularly reported for the side-by-side installations of MS Office and LibreOffice.

The advantages are that both suites are less-that-ideal in supporting each other's native formats. MS Office has troubles importing LibreOffice's own ODF (breaking formatting and/or loosing data); and LibreOffice also isn't ideal in importing DOC(X)/XLS(X)/... from MS Office. Having both might help when you find a document with issues in non-native application.

If I create a document or work with a document using LIbre, would I ever want to subsequently go back into it using Microsoft?

This is a question that cannot have non-subjective or non-argumentative answer.

Also, typically how long does it take to receive an answer to my help questions?

No guarantees of any kind. No typical times. Every question is individual; you could try to create separate statistics by sorting question by different categories (application; UI/formatting/programming/...) - and each would have different mean times, also by involved volunteers' free time at this time and age... at any rate, an overall number would be useless.

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