January 24, 2002

Is there life outside Microsoft Office?

Author: JT Smith

Anonymous Reader writes, "Here's an article by Stephen H. Wildstrom, on BusinessWeek, saying that there are alternatives to MS-Office, but 'they're not worth the trouble'. (Just as a side note, he is the same person who wrote, a few days before the UPnP bug on WinXP, that 'the real strength of XP is that it brings the stability and security of Windows 2000 to home users'. :)" Here's what he says: "My principal criterion for an acceptable Office substitute is that it be able to open, create, and save files in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats with as little fuss as possible. The price for StarOffice's power is complexity at least as great as that of Office, made worse by the unfamiliarity of the program's design. In the end, if you must work with Office files regularly, there really is no substitute for Office itself; the savings just aren't worth the hassle."

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_04 /b3767021.htm

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