Originally Posted by Grampa Bud
Proofer - Put simply..... Yes it will. Open Office is a mirror of Microsoft and it's operation, just without the monetary greed.
It really isn't. If I open a 71 page Word document in open office it expands to 77 pages. There are a variety of formatting differences. It doesn't do borders, it doesn't do graphics under text. It has numerous differences in tables, particularly with rotated text. The table of contents is implemented differently.
None of these things matter if you're only producing documents for yourself, but if you're collaborating or redistributing the documents, then any complicated formatting gets messed up, which makes it essentially useless. OK for finding out what something says, but not OK if you need to know what it looks like.
Also doesn't run MS macros. No big deal for an individual, but in a business environment this is a non-starter. You might argue that if everyone in the organization had it, then it would work, and that might be somewhat valid, but the problem is our clients have MS stuff, and we need to open their documents and also send them ours.
Believe me, I hate MS and their lame approach to Office, which hasn't seen any substantial improvement in over 10 years. Open Office is a great thing to have, and I have it at home primarily to open docx and xlsx files, but it has real issues in the contexts that I mentioned.