Art Alexion on 29 Jul 2008 10:40:20 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Is MS breaking OOo?

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On Tuesday 29 July 2008 1:15:07 pm Gordon Dexter wrote:
> Is it just the file associations that are broken?  There might be an
> Office 2k3 patch that allows it to open docx files, and also associates
> Office with them without your consent.  You can probably just
> re-associate them and be on your merry way.

Not an association issue.  OOo still tries to open the file, but presents you 
with the unknown format dialog that lets you choose from a list of import 

OOo/Linux skips the import filter dialog and just converts and opens the 
files.  I have been spending a lot of time converting files for people.

> Art Alexion wrote:
> > We have about 250 desktops running MS Office 2000.  We don't upgrade
> > stuff wholesale, but on an ad hoc, as needed basis.  A lot of our
> > hardware won't even run the 2007 version if we wanted it.  Most of our
> > users who have tried 2007 ask to be downgraded to 2000 or 2003.
> >
> > The solution to people sending us docx and xlsm files is that I
> > associated them with OpenOffice 2.4.x which opens them fine.
> >
> > About a month ago, OOo/Windows stopped knowing what to do with these
> > files. The same version of OOo/Linux opens them fine.  Anybody hear of an
> > MS Windows Update "patch" that breaks this fo OOo/Windows?
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