MSNBC: You can’t get away from the Office

“Sure, there are alternatives to Windows, but if you want to do
business, you’ve got to have MS Word, Excel, etc.”

“So you want to rid yourself of Microsoft products once and for
all. Maybe you convert all the computers in your office to the
Linux operating system, or FreeBSD, or even Unix. You even retrain
everyone to use Corel’s WordPerfect. You are a Microsoft-free zone.
That works fine, if you’re living on a desert island. But if you
must communicate with other businesses, they will inevitably e-mail
you a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet. And that’s when you’ll
discover that the place to look for a Microsoft monopoly isn’t
Windows, it’s Office suite applications.”