As my company grows I am thinking about switching to OpenOffice or Libre office. Is this a decision I will regret? Anyone use these two?
All Microsoft Offices are licensed to one computer and one computer only, except for the Microsoft Office Home & Student (2010 and 2013) edition where one can install one copy on three computers at home. Microsoft Office 2007 lets one install two copies, one on a desktop and one on a portable device. However possibly the best scenario for you is to buy Microsoft Office 2007 Professional on the cheap on ebaY as it has the latest "X" format.What if I buy one of the older copies of office which does not have the multiple use restriction off ebay?
I am a creative cloud member so I have ALL the adobe apps. I do not mind paying for it as it provides us HUGE value.I use OO on my personal computer, mostly because I'm cheap and it's free.
But if the layout of your documents is any more complicated than a basic letter format with some tabs and stuff mixed in, Word is a million times more powerful. It's not inDesign by any means, but if you need to have any graphics/lines/etc, complex tabbing, multiple columns, etc, OO is crude in comparison. Google Docs doesn't even compete.
Google Docs is awesome if you need a couple of people to collaborate on the same thing at the same time. It does that really well. Everything else, not so much.