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OpenOffice will be cheaper to maintain

OSOR “OpenOffice will be cheaper to maintain and will run better than Microsoft’s proprietary alternative”, expects Lars Roark, IT manager at the Danish municipality of Rødovre, according to reports in Danish media.

The municipality on Friday announced it will this week start to use OpenOffice, alongside Microsoft’s proprietary alternative. However the municipality plans to eventually move to OpenOffice completely.

Rødovre has installed OpenOffice on seven hundred desktop PCs.

The municipality’s move to OpenOffice was announced at the annual OpenOffice conference, Ooocon, which took place in Orvieto, Italy, last week. At the conference, Leif Lodahl, a volunteer project manager for the Danish OpenOffice project, presented on the integration of existing document management tools with OpenOffice: “Moving to OpenOffice improves control over the documents and allows the municipality to automatically convert relevant documents to PDF.”

“This conversion saves us a lot of time”, IT manager Roark told the Danish news site Business DK. Continue reading

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