September 15, 2005
Microsoft Office versus Open Office shootout
When I started this blog questioning the wisdom of XML, it started a storm of comments and was followed up by fellow bloggers John Carroll and Joe McKendrick. Since my response "Proof that XML is extremely bloated" appeared last week, I got a lot of talkback complaining that I was only testing Microsoft Excel and not Open Office Calc. ZDNet reader Yagotta B. Kidding took it upon himself to do some testing with Open Office but he stopped testing when he reached a file half the size of my 16-sheet XML file, yet his results were even slower than my Excel results. I requested that Kidding provide the results for the identical 16-sheet file, but he declined and wouldn't provide a specific reason. This, of course, sparked my curiosity, so I did some additional research.