@Live with it
Nice bit of flamebait, grin, but I'll answer it anyway.
> Time for the anti-Microsoft obsessives to join the real world.
Umm, given what follows I think you may want to lay off the strong cheese yourself for a while. To put things in perspective, I have been using MS products from MS DOS 3.1 onwards, but also AIX, HPUX, Xenix, Linux, VMS and I have programmed in languages from on-the-chip direct opcode to app languages like ObjectPAL.
And I've worked from systems engineer to company director - I don't think I lack perspective. There is a reason why so many are anti-MS, it's not even because they're successful. It's because they lie, cheat, steal and bully to BS end users like you and me into buying products that are inferior to what the market CAN offer if they didn't put a break on it. Why do you think most MS OS-es are still complete walk-ins from a security perspective? Answer: well, would you buy a new product if what you had was acceptable? They made that mistake with XP, plus got arrogant with Vista - the results are evident.
> The attempt to derail this as a standard was a nasty attempt to spec the worlds best selling office application out of contracts because they could not compete with it in the market.
[Laughs] I don't know what you're smoking, but it must be interesting stuff. Tell me why an app wants to compete when it doesn't cost anything. Also tell me why MS had to ram and buy a standard through the process if it already had a chance of participating in what was a formal, accepted ISO standard? Pray, tell me why the hurry instead of doing a botch job that was so bad even MS itself can't implement it? Have you ever tried to read it?
> The world has a choice of many standards in many areas from light bulbs to food hygiene so why should office file formats be any different. If ODA is better than OOXML prove it by getting better products to market.
It's ODF, but I think your reading ability got a bit overstretched so we'll let that lie. Have you ever TRIED OpenOffice? Or any of the other office suites that can generate ODF compliant docs? I worked for years for a major consultancy, and one of the things I did often was fix the unholy mess Word makes of large docs. The easiest way was to take them into OpenOffice, clean them up and then get it back in Word to get it back to the victims. Word sucks big time in front of a deadline. About the only deficiency I find in OpenOffice (2.4) is the way it works with external data - that is IMHO over engineered and too hard to use (try printing a couple of labels off a spreadsheet) - just about everything else works IMHO better. And word prediction is a lifesaver if you have to write a major doc with a lot of complex terms - after a few times using the word OO will suggest it.
> Open Office is not a bad product for a free one so you have a start, now make it crash less, integrate as well as MS Office and actually have a decent SpreadSheet and you have a chance.
Has it dawned on you that it may be your Windows that causes the crashes? Could be accidental, but if we see what happened with Novell's DRDOS it could also have something to do with those incessant updates you get on a daily basis. You'll never know. Oh, and you can put your suggestions re. Calc to the dev team. Ever tried to find someone to talk to in development at MS?
One of the things I *hate* about Excel is that the function names change in a different language. I haven't used a non-English version of OO yet, but I hope they didn't take over that idiocy, or at least made it optional..
Oh, before I forget, a little question for you: if that standard is so wonderful, maybe you'd care to explain why Microsoft ITSELF will not be using it? Hmm? Just curious..