Quote of the week

The luxury of continual expansion of computer power can lead to design bloat. Is Microsoft Word today really better than Word in 1995?—Seth Lloyd at Slate

Why you don’t need Microsoft Office

Microsoft has inveigled millions of people into buying Office, a suite of complicated and pricey applications, most of whose features the average person will never use. Even if you just look at Word you will find that you likely use only a small fraction of its features. And Excel? How many average home PC users […]

Microsoft Word tips for the non-expert user

Microsoft Word is on hundreds of millions of computers all over the world. Word documents are in use everywhere. Although Word is heavily used by businesses and professional producers of documents, many average PC users also employ Word on a more casual basis. Word is a powerful program with many features but these average PC […]

Tuesday links

How to Pick the Perfect LaptopLifehacker gives hints for buying a laptop How Google’s Drive helps kill Microsoft’s OfficeThis is how a search company can steal the productivity business: By storing work, not helping users edit it.—Rafe Needleman at CNET Here Are 20 Companies Who Sell Your Data (& How To Stop Them)Meet the data […]

Quote of the week

A Word file is the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. It’s time to give up on Word. —Tom Scocca at Slate

Microsoft Office alternative has been improved

In my opinion, there is little reason for most home PC owners to use Microsoft Office. It costs too much and is overkill for all but professional use. There are good alternatives both in the cloud and in free desktop applications. One of the latter is LibreOffice and it has been updated. According to its […]

Online office applications

Yesterday, Microsoft made its big introduction of cloud office applications for small businesses. After much preliminary fanfare, Office 365 is up. Google and Zoho, among others, already have cloud applications in place. Here are some links to discussion about Office 365: Office 365 vs. Google Apps vs. ZohoReadWriteWeb Don’t Be Fooled: Office 365 is Basically […]