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Starmaker: Offices.
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Cormoran: Schools too. My nephew and niece, along with their schools use it for all of their projects. It's the only software available to the students at a subsidized price for their laptops, and it's the only thing their schools computers use, they're not even aware other similar software actually exists.
The part that cracks me up is how every School book store pushes Mac products (and typically has a Mac sponsored showroom) but every class requires papers to be submitted in .Docx.

When I was in college it seemed like digging up lost passwords and unfucking Mac + Office compatibility issues was all their IT department was for.
MS seem to have gone out of their way to alienate me and many of their other customers over the years with more bloat, slower software and clumsy interface changes. Their productivity software used to be okay, but now it feels like a slap in the face and all the worse as in the past years they squeezed out the competition. I think they needed those competitors to keep them on the right track. Google on the other hand wants to read all my letters and rummage through my wife's underwear drawer and stands really close in our personal space and breathes down my neck and stares at us when I'm out with friends or family and we didn't even invite him.

Whoever wins, we lose. I hope we can get back to the old days when we were swamped with choice. :( Although there are a few rays of light in that regard, at least, thanks to open source, etc.

Scroogle used to be a Google based search engine alternative, IIRC.
Post edited December 01, 2013 by Fezred
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hedwards: It's MS, I couldn't help but notice that little lie about Office, who in their right mind uses that flaming turd any more?
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javihyuga: Sadly, Calc cannot replace Excel.
I'm very impressed by Kingsoft Office which flawlessly duplicates the quality Microsoft Office has and then some. Unfortunately in order to use the DOCX format you must purchase the professional edition. It's almost like they paid Microsoft royalties in order to be able to use that format in paid versions of products. Maybe it was, I don't know...
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hockeycanuck: It's almost like they paid Microsoft royalties in order to be able to use that format in paid versions of products. Maybe it was, I don't know...
docx is an open format which is royalty free, so they don't have to pay anything for it.
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hockeycanuck: I'm very impressed by Kingsoft Office
I read about it on some linux forums, but never tried it. Can its spreadsheet really replace Excel? I mean, all the alternatives are pretty good covering the basics, but cannot replace Excel when you need more advanced tools, such as macros, solver and statistical tools.

A quick look at the website tells that the paid version "supports VBA macro" but I do not know to what extent.
Post edited December 01, 2013 by javihyuga
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hockeycanuck: I'm very impressed by Kingsoft Office
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javihyuga: I read about it on some linux forums, but never tried it. Can its spreadsheet really replace Excel? I mean, all the alternatives are pretty good covering the basics, but cannot replace Excel when you need more advanced tools, such as macros, solver and statistical tools.

A quick look at the website tells that the paid version "supports VBA macro" but I do not know to what extent.
Past efforts with producing Open Office type products have focused on word processing because that is what general / home users have been interested in (lets be honest, not having to pay $150 just so your kid can write a middle school book report with function text editing is what has been really driving the "Open Office" development), but now that word processing has pretty much hit the peak of functionality the attention is turning to Excel & Access.

Give it a few years and the "Open" options will be just as good if not better.
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MaximumBunny: You..used a product simply because you didn't like a commercial by its competitor? o_O
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Starmaker: That's a actually a valid reason. There are two aspects to it:

(1) "we think you're the type of person who will find this image attractive".

(2) "What other people think of you" is actually important, and brands are a factor.
Bwahahaha! That's so shallow. I'd be worried if I were in the company of people who would label me based on what brands of things I used. That would mean I'd need to seriously change my scene. :)

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Starmaker: So, for example, different shampoo commercials may presuppose you're:
I like this shampoo commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaJFnGGECJo :D

But I use a different one because of ingredients and my needs.
Wow, this became a really nasty topic. I would go back to my beloved Office 2000, but after these past 5 years on the ribbon interface I just don't see it happening.
As for claims that the ribbon interface is slow, yes and no. For the basic functions that Microsoft has added to Ribbon UI without a doubt the Ribbon is faster than the old menu style. For stuff that Microsoft moved onto the sub Ribbon menus or have hidden it can be a pain in the ass. Shortcuts is a feature I will never use, except for the Copy, Cut, Paste shortcuts. I don't want to have to remember arcane key combinations for simple things. And if you only use shortcuts, I don't think many of them have changed. You could still use all the shortcuts on 2010.
It takes some practice, but eventually (I say a year) the ribbon interface can be just as fast if not faster than the old menu style.
Yes, occasionally I will have to do a search online to figure out how to do something, but usually I would have had to do the same thing with Office 2000, if it was even possible with 2000. The main problem I have is with pasting web sites to Word for receipts, copying signatures from a PDF to Word, but I remember having a shittier time doing that with Office 2K and 03.
So, I imagine it depends a lot on how you use Office, which one is right for you.

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Starmaker: - a lady of negotiable affection who enjoys strangers blowing their load in her hair.
Any contact info for this gal. She sounds like a winner.
Post edited December 01, 2013 by jjsimp
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StingingVelvet: I liked watching Pawn Stars to see all the cool items from history, but man has that show sold out. Tons of product placement now and the show is more about their stupid banter than the items. This is even worse.

Why do networks always drive their popular shows into the ground by pimping them too much?
Guess that's just how things go, Velvet

Something starts off
Something gets small
That Something gets a small dedicated demographic
That Something slowly grows
That Something continues to be successful
Then one day, the person who is in charge of that Something decides that it's existing success isn't enough and tries to "reach a new audience"
That Something changes completely and does not appeal to it's initial demographic any longer

It happens with almost every single Medium - Games, Movies, Music, Books, etc
Man that's the sort of advertising you don't see too often anymore. It would be like if a PS4 advertisement talked about "Nintenyearolds" or "Xbots" in a mocking way. Would be awesome though