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    Office Suite Comparison (XP)

    I am attempting to find the definitive office suite comparison. Any pointers?

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    Re: Office Suite Comparison (XP)

    Do you mean compared with previous versions?

    Microsoft Office Version Comparison

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    Re: Office Suite Comparison (XP)

    Actually, between suites, MS Office, Lotus SmartSuite, Corel WordPerfect and even Sun StarOffice.

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    Re: Office Suite Comparison (XP)

    If you are working in the real, commercial, business world, Microsoft Office is the hands-down recommendation. Personal feelings about Microsoft aside, Office is the standard in 90+% of the business world, and the applications are world-class and industrial strength. Without doubt, if you're working in the business world, you will find yourself working for a client that demands that you use Office or you will find yourself exchanging documents with Office users. No other choice makes sense!

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    Re: Office Suite Comparison (XP)

    While I agree that Office dominates the market, that is at least in part because the other suites have lacked consistency and have been playing catchup since Windows caught on. WordPerfect has been passed around from hand to hand from WordPerfect Corp to Borlund to Corel (wasn't Novell in there somewhere too?) until it wound up in its present suite. Lotus has been trying to wrap everything into a single shell since Symphony was launched (and crashed on reentry) back in the 80's. Sun has been trying to figure out how to cut in on Microsoft's market since Windows first became a player in the business world. Their suite gets fairly good reviews from the Linux people and from MS haters in general. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    You can find a comparison of the various suites on most of their sites. The problem is that each comparison appears to rate their own suite as best. <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15> You can track down individual comparisons, say betwen StarOffice and MS Office, but I've never seen a comprehensive comparison of the various suites, at least not lately. PC Magazine used to do a pretty good job of that sort of comparison, but as far as I know, they have been absorbed into ZDNet with lamentable results.
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    Re: Office Suite Comparison (XP)

    Good points, Charlotte. I used to be an avid supporter and user of WordPerfect (I cut my teeth on WP for DOS), but, as you said, no other company has been able to as cleanly integrate all of the components of an office suite as well as Microsoft.

    I am a contracts/procurement professional by trade, and no one values competition as much as I do. And I would argue that competition has driven Microsoft to make Office as good as it is today. I would, however, like to see more competition in the office suite marketplace, but it's not going to happen anytime soon. Until then, I'll stick with Office because it does more than I need it to do and because all of our customers use it.

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    Re: Office Suite Comparison (XP)

    Well, I *never* liked WordPerfect in any of its versions, but I was a true fan of WordStar in the old dark days before Windows. Once Word and Excel became available (the early "Windows" versions came with runtime Windows. How's that for marketing?), I abandoned all the DOS-based equivalents and became firmly wed to GUI.
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