Yes can be a good idea. Did you raised any ER??
SW is not the only software company (CAD or otherwise) to integrate Windows apps into their products.
While I agree with the concept of SW being 'self-contained', we have to consider that developing all the "Office" capabilities could be time consuming and expensive. If a compatible open source application was integrated, who would provide support if it ceased to function, or if coding conflicts were discovered?
but what happens to all the companies that can't afford to put microsoft office on all of their workstaitions?
escpecially when there is freeware available today that is more then sufficient
we don't get spellcheck?
AutoCad or many other software DO have their own spell check
"If a compatible open source application was integrated, who would provide support if it ceased to function, or if coding conflicts were discovered?...."
Good question !
Small detail, who actual provides help now if it would, and does, cease to function, or if coding conflicts are discovered?
Perhaps but how quickly ? Would it take weeks or months before it would be corrected, it certainly wouldn't be days unless it is such a show stopper that it would be utterly embarrasing for them not to have it fixed asap. Otherwise it will be just added to the myriad of SPR's.
Let's be honest, unless you are a major player in the top 10 of the Fortune 500 company you are just a number.
Look at it this way. How long does it take to close down a security bug in MS Explorer and how long does it take to close that same bug in the Opensource Firefox?
Which would indicate that actual timely support and aid shouldn't be viewed as the domain of commercial software.
Another way to look at it would be that SW is relying so much on MS coding that it leaves them open for all the problems, clutter and bugs that are inherent in MS coding.
Also don't forget that the 2010 version of SW is the last that is supported for MS Office 2003. In other words, if you have SW '11 and you have a problem with spellchecking or excel tables then you can either upgrade you office or just deal with it because SW won't help you. How long will it take before there will be a SW version that won't work at all anymore with Office 2003?
Next thing you know, we will be required to keep up to the latest version of Microsoft, or you will have to keep updating windows.....