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The Guardian (UK): Knowledge is Power

Nov 04, 2002, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"I've paid for most of Bill Gates's garden shed. While the Microsoft chairman has been busy building his dream techno-home outside Seattle, I've been setting up some small companies' systems. I need to give every employee word-processing and spreadsheet abilities and I need these to be compatible with everyone else's. And that means using Microsoft Office.

"With individual copies of OfficeXP Professional coming in at around £500, it certainly isn't cheap. Even with bulk licences, buying for over 250 people, you should be paying around £350 per user. For a small or medium-sized company, the fact that everyone has standardised on Microsoft products provokes serious costs.

"It need not be that way. This month is the second anniversary of free alternative to Microsoft's costly version. It does the same thing, works on standard documents, and costs nothing. Zero. Nada. Download it and it's yours. You can even copy it and give it to your friends..."

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