Here’s a perfect example. Where I work we use Microsoft Office. Macs and Windows PCs. Android smartphones, and iPhones and iPads. Everyone knows how to use Office and we share files between staffers and company divisions with relative ease (Office is from Microsoft, so versions can get scary at time). Goodbye, Microsoft Office.
Many of today’s technology websites have to compete for eyeballs with YouTube and 47 gazillion other techno-websites, so I understand why headlines become both gratuitous and misleading. Here’s one recent headline that caught my eye.
With Microsoft dumping MS Office, consider LibreOffice for your next PC office suite
Wait. What? Microsoft is dumping Office? Uh, is this an ad for LibreOffice? Why would Microsoft dump one of the most famous cash cows in the entire technology industry?
Wait. There’s more. And it gets worse.
If you want a standalone office suite for your computer, LibreOffice may soon not just be your best choice, it will be close to your only PC-based choice.
That sure sounds like Microsoft plans to dump Office. Of course, the missive could clearly be authored by someone who just loves using Linux and LibreOffice and decided to throw some darts at Microsoft.
What’s the catch?
I’ve long been a fan of the open-source LibreOffice suite. It works well, it’s free, and it does everything I’ve ever needed an office suite to do.
Hey, business need and use Office for a reason. First, the suite of apps are packed with features. Second, nearly every other office uses Office so file compatibility is less of an issue. Third, employees trained on Office have skills businesses need.
What’s not to like? OK, LibreOffice is decent but it’s been around for years and Office still prospers. Or, does it?
It may also be your best choice for a standalone desktop office suite in the years to come.
Is Microsoft so enamored with Azure and the cloud business that it doesn’t need Windows and Office anymore?
Nope. So, what’s the deal about Microsoft dumping Office?
Microsoft doesn’t want you to buy its next office suite: Office 2019. No, I’m not making that up.
That’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writing in a Linux rag and, yes, he’s making it up. Microsoft is not dumping Office. Microsoft plans to migrate customers who use the standalone, purchased Office version to move to Office 365 which is an annual subscription package.
At some point Microsoft will no longer support those on the standalone, non-cloud-based Office– the kind you buy online, download, and install on your machine. Instead, if those customers want to continue to use Office, they’ll have to switch to Office 365.
Yes, you could switch to LibreOffice or any of the other open-source Office-like suites, but those have been around for many years and Microsoft’s Office– especially online– continues to thrive.
There are advantages to cloud office suites. I use Google Docs myself. But, if you want an office suite, and to run on your machine without an internet connection and without having to worry about Google or Microsoft looking over your shoulder, you must consider LibreOffice.
Agreed. Just don’t say that Office is dead when Office is thriving. Oh, and by the way, Steven, your Linux street cred just disappeared because you’re in bed with Google.