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Microsoft Word: Hardly a "must buy"

A News.com reader writes that people use Word because they've been duped into thinking they have to use it.

 

  
Microsoft Word: Hardly a "must buy"

In response to the Sept. 5 column by Chris LeTocq, "Is StarOffice ready to take on MS Office?:"

Why must corporations use Microsoft Word? What about that application is a necessity for the corporate desktop? I submit that nothing in Microsoft Office is essential to the corporate desktop and, therefore, trying to conform to their document format is a waste of time. I bet over 90 percent of PC users could get by with an XML, RTF, or some other standard formatted document, even for shared document environments!

People use Word because they've been duped into thinking they have to use it.

I'm about to abandon the Windows desktop in favor of the less monopolistic Linux, or maybe even Mac OS X. When I use StarOffice instead of Microsoft Office, I will suffer no problems from the format differences, especially if I can save in RTF, HTML and XML.

C.K. Lester
Dallas