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Israel Shuns MS, Adopts OpenOffice Instead

Israel Shuns MS, Adopts OpenOffice Instead

According to The Register, Microsoft is not being very gracious in response to learning that - in Israel - it is increasingly getting the boot.

"First out of the door," says the report by San Francisco stringer Andrew Orlowski, "is the Israeli employment agency, which will replace 550 out of 700 users with OpenOffice."

That particular contract, Orlowski point out, represents a hardware win for IBM.

"Some 150 staff will stay on Microsoft Office," he adds. "For now, all the switchers will remain on Windows, running the Win32 version of the software libre equivalent of Microsoft Office."

According to a Hebrew-only daily newspaper, Microsoft representatives commented as follows: "The employment agency has selected an immature and unproven software package and its functionality is at the best close to Office 97."

Orlowski: "Microsoft Office Corporate Macro™ [is] a mythical beast"

Orlowski has one final barb: "Traditionally," he writes, "incumbents fight better-value insurgents by stressing switching costs. We'll be hearing about the importance of the fabled Microsoft Office Corporate Macro™ fairly soon - a mythical beast which has never been sighted outside of technical computer magazines. Switching costs are certainly a factor, but may be less than Microsoft had banked on."

 

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