I've tried most of them, actually
I've been doing tech support in publishing and design environments for nearly 24 years. The question is always "Why does everyone use MS Office?" And the answer is always "Because everyone uses MS Office." In other words, there's no real "reason" except that Office is now ubiquitous. Office is the "standard" in corporate America, so everyone tends to use at home what they use at work. (Note to MS-alternative vendors: Most people get their home version of Office for "free", courtesy of their employers' site licenses - then when they change jobs, they somehow "forget" to remove it again.)
I've used OpenOffice and StarOffice on Windows, and now the new Lotus suite, and on the Mac I've I've used NeoOffice, ThinkFree, and the new iWork suite.
I've got news for everyone - an office suite is an office suite is an office suite. I can work in any of those alternative products and save my files in Word/Excel/PPT format and others using Office can read my files just fine just fine, and I can read theirs.
That's the biggest challenge purveyors of alternative Office suites actually face - there's nothing special and compelling about any of them that would make users say: "I LOVE this! This is SOOOOO much better than MS Office! I'm NEVER using a Microsoft product again!" People really don't notice much. They barely notice Office itself, for that matter, in that they probably don't use 90% of the fancy bells and whistles that come with the suite. They just want to see their Word file - in publishing, it's all about the content, not about the tool that made it. There's no religion here. Editors are going to use what their bosses and IT managers want them to use - and they'll use the same thing at home to avoid the hassle.
Point is, no one actually THINKS about it anymore. I use alternatives because I'm a techie and like to see what they can do out of professional curiosity. But am I going to convince an IT manager to switch the enterprise to OpenOffice or NeoOfficeJ simply to avoid the Microsoft Tax? Not a chance.
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