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NY Times: The Office Software That Roared

Jun 20, 2002, 22:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Pogue)

"Microsoft once ran a great ad for Office, its business-software cash cow. It went something like this: 'Over 94 percent of the business world uses Microsoft Office. What are we doing wrong?'

"It was true: the programs of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook) seemed as permanent in our lives as the sun, the moon and Windows error messages. Its rivals — I.B.M.'s Lotus suite and Corel's WordPerfect suite, for example — were pretty much the same thing for pretty much the same price, and never posed much of a threat. The world waited for a contender that was so compelling, people might actually consider filing for Microsoft divorce.

"Now there is one. It's called OpenOffice, and it has a killer feature: it's free..."

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