As part of my job, I often receive Word documents or Excel spreadsheets for me to review. These could be timesheets from staff, or drafts of project plans, whatever. Since I use a webmail client at work to do all my mail, clicking on an email attachment automatically downloads the document and opens Word, Excel, or whatever appropriate application. Since it's essentially a document downloaded from the web, Office opens the document in "read only "mode. Office even shows "(Read-Only)" in the title of the window, to remind me that the document cannot be changed.
That part works fine, and it's the same behavior under Linux and Windows. But that's to be expected, since that's how a webmail client works.
The confusing part is when I close the document. Since the document is in "read only" mode, I obviously haven't made any edits to it. Yet every time I close one of these "downloaded from the web" documents, Microsoft Office prompts me if I want to save my changes.
But I haven't made any changes. Because it was in "read only" mode.
That doesn't make any sense to me. Maybe it's that I'm too used to the way Linux and OpenOffice managed files like this. If the document is opened in "read only" mode, then I can view the document, and can even copy a selection (to paste into another document.) When I exit OpenOffice, the window just closes with no complaints.
Why can't Microsoft understand that that's the behavior users expect from programs?