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ZDNet: Want a cheap alternative to MS Office? Here's why you should try ThinkFree

Feb 07, 2001, 18:59 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Coursey)

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"This is the first in a series of looks at Office replacements. The first is an Internet-based product called ThinkFree, available for downloading from www.thinkfree.com. In fact, I'm writing this review in ThinkFree Write, and so far it's gone pretty well."

"The entire ThinkFree Office suite is only about 10MB in size and can be downloaded when you need it. Compare that to the multiple CD-ROMs you need to install Office. ThinkFree obviously sacrifices features for this compactness. I've noticed the lack of a word-count feature, and I'm unable to send e-mail from within the word processor. But I'll get over it. You probably will, too."

"You may not get over the missing macros, however. Cheng notes that Microsoft's macros are platform-specific. Since ThinkFree is designed to run on Windows, Macs, and Linux machines, the decision was made to hold off on macros until his company can come up with a cross-platform solution."

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