"Some of the best free and open source applications for Linux
also have versions that run very well in Windows and Mac OS X. So
if you have not yet tried or are hesitant to try Linux, you might
download and try some of these Windows and OS X applications now,
for free. You'd be surprised how good they are, and how they can
completely replace Microsoft's applications, including opening and
saving to Microsoft's file formats. Now is a good time to start
taking baby steps towards open source and Linux because the three
major Linux distributors are starting to release new versions (Red
Hat 9, Mandrake 9.1,and Suse 8.2)...
Instead of IE and Outlook...Mozilla
includes a web browser and email client many consider better than
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook/Entourage. The only thing
missing is a calendar/scheduling app, but there is a separate
Mozilla calendar component in development that already works great.
I personally just use the web-based Yahoo Calendar. And if you do
switch to Linux, Ximian Evolution is a complete replacement for
Outlook especially if you use Microsoft Exchange..."
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