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OpenOffice, an alternative to Microsoft Office, sounds like a software dream on the surface: free office productivity tools that can operate on a multitude of platforms,
compatibility with a range of file formats, and the ability to alter the program as developers release new code. No license hassles, no forced upgrades. Although OpenOffice's appeal may grow as Microsoft's licensing rules change and its customers threaten to abandon ship, the transition remains costly and time-consuming.
The point to considering a switch from MS Office to Open Office is the cost savings, particularly considering the new pricing models that Microsoft is coming up with. Sure it costs something in time, effort, and learning to switch, but as Verizon's $17,000 per seat savings attests, it can make a big difference to the bottom line for a struggling company. In the present economic conditions, using Open Office instead of MS Office can make the difference between survival and bankruptcy.
I'd say that's at least somewhat compelling.