...if they installed Open Office 3.0, then they would be able to open the Office 2007 documents.
MPs have logged a massive support call with Microsoft after they ended up at the wrong end of the tech world's fitful migration to Office 2007. Meanwhile Westminster’s hapless Web 2.0 foray continued this week with politicians lobbying to place clips of themselves in the House of Commons on YouTube. Microsoft is working with …
... but surely someone realised this before carrying out the upgrade which left the MPs "behind" sitting on Office 2003?
So what was the technical argument for upgrading people to 2007?
Of course we know backwards compatibility is something that Microsoft ignored because its only by forcing people to upgrade that they get any income.
Time to slap some wrists and find out just how much this mess is costing the tax payer - but its probably "Confidential" or "Commercial in Confidence" i.e. "They well and truly ripped us off but we don't want to admit it".
Mines the one with a copy of Open Office in the pocket.
"MPs have logged a massive support call with Microsoft after they ended up at the wrong end of the tech world's fitful migration to Office 2007."
Yes I can imagine this will be driving them barking mad. The first step of learning is to understand that not everyone has Office 2007. So the saving of any Word document should be done in save as - Word 2007-2003 otherwise 80% of your documents will be bounced back at you with a WTF??? Half the people I send this to think i'm on a friggen MAC.
The next problems they will be faced with are fairly obvious ones, Where is? Where is? Where is? Where is??? Where is??? Save/undo/format/kill/die/f*ck/hate/this/sh*t
Why did they take a perfectly good format, one people have gotten used to using for a decade, and change it?
"will be resolved in conjunction with Microsoft"
Who will doubtless flog them a zillion more copies of Office 2007, rather than the free reader or a conversion tool...
Given the lack of money for everyone who isn't a bank, perhaps now would be a good time for the Civil Service to switch to Open Office.
Try the MS Office reader.
Or ask for them in the older format.
Or a portable format such as PDF.
Or install something else that can read DOCX and/or demand that that's standard format be used instead (*cou*OpenOffice*gh*)
(Assuming they don't use tonnes of macros and other crap)
Office 2007 compatability pack anyone???
Step 1: Download from Microshaft website.
Step 2: Add to Group Policy install.
Step 3: Cup of tea.
Where exactly is their problem? Why are Microsoft working with them for a fix when there's been one around since just after Office 07 was released? Am I missing something???
I'm pretty sure that by now about 200 commentards will have mentioned open office.
To all who have... STFU they're MPs. Government policy = if it costs lots of money and does not deliver on it's promises then it's what they use otherwise no deal. IMHO It's the reason they have PRINCE2.
Paris because it's been a long week and I need someone to make me smile. Bill G doesn't.
There are loads of company's out their broadcasting local councils and central government on the web http://www.public-i.tv and http://www.westminster-digital.co.uk/ are the two best know but typically as with office 2003/2007 problem which can be sorted with a Microsoft add-on you can't fix all councils that use Real and Windows Media player because that don't want it "reused" so if they are going to embrace web 2.0, Drop the DRM go Flash so (so we don't have to install glorified spyware (Realplayer), Share and embrace it.
I'm not sure what the problem is - all you need to do is GPO or SMS the Office 2007 compatibility pack for Office 2003 out to all machines in the relevant OU.
I was planning to do this to about 1000PCs some months ago before changing jobs and not having to worry about it - so I admit I haven't done it.
But unless I have missed something here, it doesn't look like that much work - why the fuss?
Why don't they just download the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack?
Just in case there are any PICT employees reading the register instead of working on the problem here is the link to the free download:
Darn, maybe I should have rang them up as a contractor, and charged them millions, only to go over budget and taken as long as it take for the next version of office to come out!!
Mines the one with the software assurance license in my pocket
Step 1) Install the following: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en
Step 2) ... errrr there isn't a step two.
How these people justify their salaries is beyond me, this shouldn't even be on the news because it should have been fixed before we heard about it.
Why aren't they using an open standard?
FFS, I'm not anti-MS, but there is no excuse for a government to be using proprietary standards - they are supposed to be running my country on my behalf, so that data is mine, and I want a guarantee that it will be readable without resorting to proprietary software to read it. Even if it's secured, confidential, or hidden for whatever reason (there's a long debate to be had there!), it shouldn't be inaccessible just because it's held in wubble-46 format and someone lost the last machine that could read it. </rant>
Tux, cos he's Open Source and I can't be bothered comparing MPs to Paris, her decision making is so much better than theirs.
The question that should be asked is why are they using windows/office anyway? Why are they spending taxpayers money supporting Microsoft?.
Somewhere (possibly here) I read that Microsoft hoovers over 2 billion squids a year, directly out of the British economy, from licence fees for Windows/Office alone.
Before you start SHOUTING, this is nothing to do with how many people are employed supporting/selling/stitching people up with this crap, that's a separate issue entirely.
Stop it, stop it now I tell you.
Microsoft's only interest in compatibility is their hand in our pockets.
Why is it impossible for the biggest (and richest) software company in the world to make their software versions backwards compatible?
(not to mention the problems I have opening up the documents my wife creates on her mac running Office X)
Why do we need to be forced to use a 2nd standard which is blatantly inferior to the existing one?
Those pointing out the ease of installing the compatibility pack are missing an essential element... how contracting may work.
My guess is that this would count as a software upgrade/installation. The in-house techs probably do not have the authorisation/permissions to do software upgrades (though the DBAs are free to cram as much data as humanly possible onto a CD and frisbee it out of the window)
So they have to pass it to some element of CapitaRipoffAndersenPrice for the installation. Of course as we all know these 'consultants' do very little. "ooo, a software upgrade... could we get sued if it goes wrong? Better call MS, we'll charge their costs plus ours back, and they have the liability exposure!"
A slightly different scenario but recently I worked in the production department for a large local newspaper network. On print night, around 10pm we would always come across some docx format advert to be set. No admin rights to install comp pack, IT never installed it, no IT at night, luckily I used my brain and found an online converter.
Yeah, the sales person could have saved in a different format. we even asked her to. But for reasons best known to her...
Bill, cos salespeople suck.
MP's on YouTube? No thanks, I've had enough of the windbags to last me a half-lifetime (thanks to the recent by-election). Confine them to the odd news/current-affairs item and the dedicated "Parliment" channel.
Office 2007 issues? Quick someone - dive in and offer them a global license for OpenOffice 3.0 for a good fee! It's certainly a heck of lot less confusing than 'real' Office 2007 - what cretinous deci-wit in MS came up with the idea of shipping a completely new UI with no chance to revert to the old one, (which worked fine - imho). I'm with the "Office 2007 :(" poster on this one ...
Windows ad line: "What do you want to do today?"
Office ad line: "where have we hidden what you want to do today?" (suggested)
Oh, and OO is cross platform, cheaper (isn't it?) and probably faster. >-(
Install Open Office? Two points, the first is the reason they are having the problem is due to them being too slow in rolling out 2007. Some people have it some dont hence the problem. Why go to the bother of installing a different application on everyones PC when they only have to finish installing 2007 on PC's they havent done yet. And as most of these rollouts are done after hours the open office route would cost the tax payer even more money.
Second point, if they have to phone microsoft because downloading a simple MSI and installing that is too technical how on earth do you expect them to find Open Office. They obviously cant use google (as they would of found the solution to the 2007 problem), www.openoffice.com doesnt go to the open office website and PC World dont sell it
Compatibility pack? Why? Couple of alternatives...
Just use group policy - that's what its there for forbid the creation of documents in the fecking useless docx, xlsx, and other "x" formats. There is NOTHING new in Office 2007 that any normal user will appreciate or use, instead they'll just hate the inane pizza icon, the huge user interface (1024x768 is still the most common screen size), the dumb-arse hiding of commonly required functions and the utter uselessness of the "help". Still, at least there's no "paperclip" to patronise you this time. This way you'll at least remain compatible with anybody else in the world who has yet to be force-upgraded to the latest bloated version.
The downside of this is because the utter fucktard cretins at MS have decided the MS Office (just an application) is more important than and embeds itself into, the operating system, suspend functions on a laptop will be broken unless you close every fecking Office 2007 application prior to close the lid of the laptop. The reason behind this? A pathetic nag message to tell you that it couldn't auto-save in the docx format as it was forbidden... and where's the option to tell auto-save to save in a useful format? There is none of course.
If you must use MS Office "because nothing else works", just install Office 2000 as it doesn't have compatibity problems with everybody else and doesn't suffer from a product activation scheme. Just make sure that you have licences for OfficeBloat 2007 and should MS complain just ask them nicely to swivel.
Alternatively, just as other posters have suggested - use OpenOffice. Compared to the shite that is Office 2007, most users love it in comparison.
"Tell them not to use Word 2007"? What, every constituent, in every constituency? Some commentards seem not to have realised that the Ways and Means Comittee doesn't yet control what software PC World bundle on their granny-and-the-kids packages... this is correspondence from the general public and all the various companies, NGOs, 419ers et al who try to talk to our parliamentary reps.
Piracy ahoy, because - oh, who needs a reason? It's Thursday.
... Linux is so slow to be adopted by the world+dog. The total non geeky fix here is to install the compatibility pack and then double click on the Word 2007 file. And yet this appears to be worlds beyond the "common" man.
Is there really any doubt why Linux, with its terminal this and terminal that, is not the OS of choice? Hell, if it takes a village to install the compat pack Linux usage is not just a world away, it's in a whole 'nother reality.
The MSOffice 2007 file format is NOT ISO/IEC 29500! It may have started out that way but at the BRM there were more than 1000 changes made. (I will ignore the furore that the passing of this "standard" created).
MS themselves are going to fully support ODF (ISO/IEC 25600) before supporting their own "standard". There is currently no timeline published by MS as to when, if ever, they will support ISO/IEC 29500.
I don't get the blind rush to use M$ Office. It's version compatibility issues have been problematic in every new release.
WordPerfect opened Word documents (all versions) better than M$ Word opened its own older versions.
I miss WP, but use OpenOffice rather than try to run WP in wine or an old linux package of WP6.
OpenOffice has all the bells needed, and no compatibility issues with its own past versions...or inability (refusal) to open other vendors' proprietary nonsense.
None, they have to ask FujEDSCap to mess it up for them.
Arguing about who pays for Change Request :10,000GBP
Getting a consultant to phrase the change request so the supplier can't wriggle out of it without doing all the work: 5,000GBP
Impact analysis: 20,000GBP
Adding it to AU and updating policy : 200GBP
Testing and Acceptence: 10,000GBP
Watching the pigs at the trough: Priceless
If all else fails the Parliamentarians - or their hapless IT outfit - could always use "a set of policies and standards to enable information to flow seamlessly across the public sector and provide citizens and businesses with better access to public services." I quote from e-GIF, of course, the mandatory Government standards: "The e-GIF first came into force when Version 1 was announced in the House of Commons in 2000." No wonder nobody knows about it.
It's up to version 6.2 now and deals pragmatically, if not always to purists' satisfaction, with prorietary formats and the interchange of information. Thus, for WP documents, the interchange formats are (and again I quote from the Government's own standards):
Rich Text Format as (.rtf) files
Plain/Formatted Text as (.txt) files
Hypertext documents as (.htm) files 01
Acrobat (.pdf) viewer minimum version 4
Word (.doc) viewer/reader for Windows XP, Windows 2000,, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows NT, with minimum support for Word97 format
Lotus Notes Web Access (.nsf)
Multimedia Message formats (.mht), see IETF RFC 2557 for further information
Other file formats may be used in addition to the above list, provided they meet the technical policy for document handling defined in the e-GIF.
So if it's anything else, like .docx, and you haven't the tools to read it, send it back and tell the sender to conform to e-GIF. Everything else is just faff.
.....and if you don't agree with the standards, get in touch with your Parliamentarian and lobby him, or her, to have it changed. But make sure you use a format that can be read.
IT logo as obviously neither they nor their service provider have a clue about it.
Anyone seen the MI5 homepage lately? It says they are looking for skilled computer personal and network technicians to join the Security Services.. Take a long hard look at what the site's running on.. Microsoft IIS 5.0.. I don't doubt it that they need professional help, they need it fast from what I can see... Is that what you meant by Creaking Packages?
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