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Fujitsu Technology Solutions is in talks with Microsoft which could see it offer Redmond’s Office Application suite via the Personal Cloud Service, which the Japanese tech firm hopes to trial with customers next year. The server and services firm unveiled its Personal Cloud service at its user Forum event in Munich last week, …

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Anonymous Coward

Given track record of Fujitsu's "holding up such a service"... It's laughable

Wasnt this already an idea with TS Remote App just with a VPN layer ontop?

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Anonymous Coward

But...

...isn't this what Office 365 is all about?

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I've gone off Fujitsu...

Their hardware division has gone all Dell suddenly. I wouldn't bother with them.

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Why bother?

Why bother?

LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org will be ported to Android and iPhone sooner rather than later, and that is going to be the game changer.

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Re: Why bother?

As long as LO or OO are unable to open MSO documents visually identically, LO and OO will remain as widely used as Notepad is for business use.

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Re: Why bother?

"LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org will be ported to Android and iPhone sooner rather than later, and that is going to be the game changer"

But they haven't yet, and that is the important part. As for a game changer, it'll be no more a game changer than Linux has been a game changer to the desktop.

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Re: Why bother?

Here's how it'll be a game changer:

There are lots of Android devices out there, and there are lots of desktop machines capable of running LibreOffice, even if they aren't already running it. Microsoft Office is the only productivity suite out there that can't open ODF documents natively (and implementing that would be commercial suicide for Microsoft, since incompatible file formats from one version to the next are the only way they can force users to upgrade without being openly hostile to users). Someone is going to send someone else an ODF document from their Android phone or (more realistically) tablet. Said recipient will have to install an ODF-capable productivity suite in order to read it -- and they probably aren't going to pay for one just to read a document, so in practice that means LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org.

And once someone with the appropriate level of influence realises that actually, LibreOffice meets most of their needs at considerably less expense than a bunch of Microsoft licences (and even meets one need that Microsoft don't and can't), expect ODF to take off.

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Re: Why bother?

"Microsoft Office is the only productivity suite out there that can't open ODF documents natively (and implementing that would be commercial suicide for Microsoft, since incompatible file formats from one version to the next are the only way they can force users to upgrade without being openly hostile to users)"

Microsoft Word has had native support since Office 2007 SP2 and Office 2013 supports ODF 1.2; in fact Office 2013 on my Surface RT even offered an installation option to use ODF as the default document format.

Microsoft may be slow to support standards when they're in competition with them, but they adopt them pretty quickly when there's money to be made or lost.

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Clerk

Hard to believe anybody would want to run Office on any platform at all.

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