On June 16, 2010, I asked members of the Microsoft Office Blog whether the retail release of Microsoft Office 2010 mattered. That poll is still open but the breakout of responses so far is very telling. The distribution of the responses tells me that the Microsoft Office Suite may not be the business mainstay it once was. The results suggest that IT professionals are at least considering alternatives for their chosen office suite.
However, I think it is best that we put that theory to the test with a direct poll question. Which, if any, alternative to Microsoft Office are you considering (or have you considered)? There are some valid choices besides Microsoft's suite of applications, but are you willing to risk a migration to one of those alternatives? What analysis have you done? What conclusions have you drawn?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.