Salon: The Browser as Middleware and Microsoft's Missteps
Friday November 12th, 1999
Thanks to James Keller for the news.
Friday November 12th, 1999 11:25 AM
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I thought I'd also mention my agreement with Mark Gimein's assertion that it's Microsoft Office (not MSWindows) which has tied people so completely to the Windows platform. I've been using Office since.. well.. since I first started really using windows, and every company I've worked at has used Word/Excell/Outlook/etc. Now I know there are some companies that don't, but still..
Recently I've started using staroffice (<http://www.sun.com/staroffice>), and it's quirky, but it's cross-platform-ness, free-distribution and open-source-ish licensing is definately one up on microsoft. The biggest plus, of course, is that it reads MSOffice files, so the upgrade was relatively painless (well, ok, I encountered this weird "missing soffice.ini" error, but I found the answer on some newsgroups).
I realize there are other alternatives than StarOffice, but I just thought I'd relate my experience.