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October 21, 2005

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Hehehehe,

I have a client who, when upgrading from Office 97 (the 8 year deadline is here) to Open Office, simply told everyone they were upgrading "to new office software".

He then disabled the OpenOffice splash screen, and made a new set of "compatible" shortcuts on the user desktops, program menus, and quicklaunch bars.

I was very funny listening to the staff tell each other to "open this in excel" or "word"

About 3 clerks out of maybe 50 clued in right away, and when it was explained that they could have the "REAL OFFICE" or a decrease in benefits, not a single word was ever mentioned.

p.d.

Hi Paul,

"I have a client who, when upgrading from Office 97 (the 8 year deadline is here) to Open Office, simply told everyone they were upgrading "to new office software"."

That is marvelous!!! Oh, I think that's such a great approach. If your client wants to write to me to give me more detail, I'd love to hear the story. Would love to see what OOo's new look was like.

Ooo is soooo configurable. I'm currently writing, for my OpenOffice.org 2.0 book, the chapters on setup. You can have absolutely any function with ANY ICON. You can make new toolbars. Make new icons. It's great.


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He then disabled the OpenOffice splash screen, and made a new set of "compatible" shortcuts on the user desktops, program menus, and quicklaunch bars.

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