Microsoft Office XP's online and collaborative tool improvements make it a smart upgrade for businesses and groups, but it's not worth the cost, time, and effort for single or home users.
Serious illustrators don't really have another option, but even if they did, Painter 7.0 would still take the cake. It's indispensable for graphics pros.
Publisher 2002 is better integrated with Word and easier to use than ever--even easier than FrontPage. It's worth the hunt to find a copy of Publisher 2002.
A worthy upgrade, but limited feature enhancements drop FreeHand 10 behind the competition.
This is the first version since Word 97 that's a gotta-get upgrade. With tons of new tools for the single user and a renewed attention to collaboration for those who work in groups, Word 2002 is the best writing tool on the planet.
The Usage Analysis Reports are reason enough to upgrade from version 2000. And if you are a small-business owner, consider buying FrontPage, as it has a special add-in just for you.
Microsoft ends security support for Windows 98 and Me
Microsoft Office 98: Two notable tidbits from the Read Me files
The core utilities in Norton SystemWorks 2006 Premier lack newer options found elsewhere; some older utilities are simply deficient; it leaves Windows 98 and Me users out in the cold.