Question:

Why is Office365 still a thing? My company uses it and it is so painful and they are PAYING for it! I just won't really understand...

@poetgrant LibreOffice is hella ugly, still. Like, it legit looks like MS Office 2003...16 years later

I'm all for FOSS, you know this, but when the alternatives aren't attractive, in a physical office that already looks drab, I'd prefer Office365

Why's it painful for you?

@brandon it is slow. It doesn't always work. The email client is web based now. The word processor I actually don't have much issue with, but the email environment... well let's just put it this way, I haven't checked my email for iver a year now. I tell my boss and the IT team that they can come tell me face-to-face or send me a message on the terminal app that is our warehouse inventory interface.

@poetgrant Office365 has the option for a local Outlook install, it's your enterprise that either hasn't installed it for you, or hasn't paid for a license (I read something about it being a separate thing?)

Outlook Web is not the only option for Office365

@brandon even still, I think it is the ugliest and most bloated program I've ever used. I mean, I'll put it this way, I would prefer to use the web interface to mail.riseup.net, which is basic and not very helpful, than MS outlook. Just the RAM usage bugs me because we have PCs with 2GB of RAM and i3 processors on the low end that really can't handle a mail app that takes over half that RAM just to turn on.

I guess I wonder why pay for it when there are so many better alternatives for free?

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@poetgrant @brandon If its a large institution/enterprise, it is often down to standardising on the support needed. O365 is a full expensive solution, but it is one entity that can be supported by O365 trained staff.

Whereas multiple solutions to an office environment, often have to be supported separately, which increases complexity and costs.

Although stick an MS badge on anything seems to do that as well IMHO. :)

The bloat of everything seems to be about pushing purchasing forward.

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