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posted by martyb on Saturday May 03 2014, @05:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the most-employees-are-not-in-Office-most-of-the-day dept.

A recent article in PCWorld reveals that many companies are simply throwing money away:

Organisations are wasting money licensing Microsoft Office applications that the majority of employees barely use, a study released this week by application analytics startup SoftWatch has found. Conclusion: many users could easly be migrated to far cheaper cloud applications such as Google Apps.

The firm carried out a 3-month analysis of Office suite use in 51 global firms representing 148,500 employees, revealing that seven out of ten employees weren't using any single application heavily, launching them only for viewing or light editing.

The average employee spent only 48 minutes per day using Office, largely the Outlook email client, which consumed about 68 percent of that activity. Excel was in second place with 17 percent, or an average of 8 minutes per day, leaving Word and PowerPoint trailing with only 5 minutes and 2 minutes per day each.

That email is popular and spreadsheets and presentations less so is not a surprise. The latter are occasional applications that non-specialist employees use only when they really have to and their importance can't necessarily be measured in terms of how often they are used so much as the impact that use has.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @09:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @09:04PM (#39324)

    even runs all the Excel macros that I've run across

    As news goes, this is pretty old.
    Going back to 2006, Go-oo, Novell's fork of OOo, had good VBA support.
    Noel Powers was the dev who got the most-used stuff working first.

    will any Excel macro work in Calc? []

    'No,' Noel said, 'support for VBA is not complete, but we think we cover a large portion of the common usage patterns.
    Those macros that we've come across mostly use a manageable subset of objects in the Excel API
    (such as the Range, Worksheet, Workbook, etc.).
    We have concentrated on supporting those objects, and the most commonly used method/properties of those objects

    VBA support was folded into the main trunk fairly quickly.

    -- gewg_

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