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MS Office poll: Which non-Microsoft office suite do you or your uses rely on the most?

Many of you use or support users who prefer non-Microsoft office applications. Let us know which products top that list.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

12 comments
leo8888
leo8888

Lotus Smartsuite is so much more user friendly than M$ Office I don't know why it never caught on. The combo box is the greatest thing ever. Being able to change everything you want in one window and see the changes live is so much faster than clicking through menu after menu. And Approach is so much easier to use than Access, granted it is not as powerful but in the ten years we've been using Approach it has been able to do everything we need.

jocelynboyer
jocelynboyer

I use Corel Office Suite. Always clean and usually have more functionalities implemented earlier that in M$oft. I would have like to have the choice in the list.

albert
albert

When businesses realize that 99% of their employees use less than 10% of MS Office's features. And, that all of the features they do use are available in Ooo, there will be a huge diaspora away from the unnecessarily expensive MS Office. Admittedly, it won't happen with the current generation of decision makers. But, no one stays in charge forever.

Jaqui
Jaqui

if it has to be a suite instead of the stand-alone apps, K Office. no ms exploit holes, no OOo java bloat no Star Office java bloat no IBM java bloat. though Lotus was a good office suite before IBM bought it.

howard_davis
howard_davis

oo was just too slow for our needs (small school with limited time in class, a 3-5 minute startup was just too much), google docs was quick and easy for our network

afhavemann
afhavemann

WordPerfect X4 Suite. The word processor is way better then Word but excel and power point in MS office are better tools then the WP X4 components.

santeewelding
santeewelding

HTML-enabled, which feature is seldom made use of. If I have no impact in plain text, then, I have no impact. You have no business paying me heed. Nor, do I you.

recording
recording

We have OpenOffice, but WordPerfect is our preferred package. It's just more intuitive and operator friendly.

dyens
dyens

Corel Office Suite, especially word processing, is superior to Microsoft. It does not have the automated functions of WORD, for example, that drive me up a tree. You can make it do what you want. Longtimeuser who uses both

carlsf
carlsf

Open Ofice, but my choice if available and the one installed on all our systems is Office 2003 pro and here we will stay. The Ribbon Interface in all MS later products is SH**, it is NON productive and a wast of time.

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