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Microsoft Office vs. every other office suite

Is Microsoft Office 2000 the ultimate office suite or should other packages be given equal consideration? Should your company choose its office suite based on its operating system? It's time for your voice to be heard!

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I grow tired of Microsoft Office
Okay, I understand that most workstations used in networks today operate on some kind of Windows platform. It doesn’t matter if it is Windows NT Workstation, Windows 98, or Windows 95—you’re going to find it on at least 95 percent of the networks across the globe.

But does that mean that just because we run a Windows operating system on our network, our office software has to be the Microsoft Office Suite? Why can’t companies use one of the many other suites available, such as Corel’s WordPerfect or Sun’s StarOffice? Is there an unwritten law that states “every office machine running Windows must run Office 2000 or Office 97?”

Even worse, I know of people who have had to move from other operating systems to a Windows OS just to use an office suite. It seems that the word processor software on other operating systems tends to conflict with files that MS Office produces.

The point
Are you tired of having Microsoft Office as your only selection when it comes to office software in your company? What office suites would you like to see take the spotlight from the current king? We want to know! Feel free to leave a post below, or send us a note with your thoughts on the subject. Remember, you’re trying to prove a point, so make sure your answers are clear and concise!

The counterpoint
Is Microsoft Office here to stay? Do you believe that Office 2000 and other versions of the Microsoft Office family will remain king of the hill for all time? If so, let your thoughts be known! Feel free to leave a post below, or send us a note with your comments on MS Office. Remember, you’re trying to prove a point, so your answers need to be clear and concise!
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