Study: > 21% of German PCs run OpenOffice
According to Webmasterpro.de, a German IT service provider, the open source OpenOffice suite and its derivatives, such as StarOffice or IBM's Lotus Symphony, are installed on more than 21% of German PCs.
A sample of over one million German-speaking Internet users showed that 72% of users preferred Microsoft Office, while 2.7% preferred Corel's WordPerfect, 1.4% used Apple's iWork, 0.3% selected SoftMaker Office and 0.03% chose KOffice. Among the surveyed German speaking Internet users, 17.1% did not appear to have an Office suite installed.
The results of the survey were calculated using information from the company's FlashCounter Statistics Service, which is used on more than 100,000 web pages. According to Webmasterpro, by checking which fonts are installed on a users system, they can identify which office suite is installed. The company says that its margin of error for determining if Microsoft Office is installed is approximately ± 10% and ± 0.5% for the other suites.