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ChaosDefinesOrder

January 19, 2009, 9:40 pm

I'm probably missing something or significantly behind the times, but is Visio the "new" name for PowerPoint?

ruthless

January 19, 2009, 9:47 pm

No, it's a different application.





What I'm missing is why anyone (apart from the 2% of users that actually use all the features) would bother buying Microsoft applications when there are so many cheaper, easier, and better applications out there.

Steve

January 19, 2009, 10:10 pm

@ruthless





Like what? Open Office is rubbish compared to MS Office. Can't think of anything that tops Project & Visio either.





I think the Office suite does what it does very well.

acgs1

January 19, 2009, 10:22 pm

A lot of people either deem the alternatives for geeks or don't know about them (and just use what comes in the box) or suppose that they are worse because they are cheaper/free.


Also, Microsoft software is bundled with many computers sold - if not Office, then Works - Office seems a natural upgrade from Works. What comes in the box (therefore Microsoft software) is normally what people will use, as it is easier just to let other people do the work :P

smc8788

January 19, 2009, 10:31 pm

@ ruthless





One word. Compatibility. Microsoft Office is the de facto standard in office applications. Therefore everyone must use it. Even Mac users.

maguffyn

January 19, 2009, 11:24 pm

smc8788: I agree completely. The reason for being forced to use MS Office is that the rest of the world uses it. I have tried in the past to use OpenOffice and have been reasonably successful, but it is not easy.





My problem with the Ribbon is that I apparently I am in the 2% of users who use all the features, and now I am forced to conform to how Microsoft think, not the way that is most productive for me. My frustration level with Office 2007 is so high that I will refuse any upgrade until absolutely forced upon me. See my blog for more details http://maguffyn.wordpress.com/...

Peter Henderson

January 20, 2009, 12:14 am

Steve:





Better Visio = OmniGraffle


Better Project = Merlin





Both are Mac products. For most items, replacements can be found that are quicker and more efficient than Office. You just have to look.





As for compatibility, what's the big deal? As long as everyone has the product, it's compatible. Docx format (Word 2007) isn't compatible with previous versions of Word...

Alexa08

January 20, 2009, 12:41 am

What I'm trying to work out is why anyone would use an ugly windows 95 theme under windows 7!

smc8788

January 20, 2009, 1:02 am

@ Alex





I know what you mean. I have a number of friends and family members that use Vista but still choose to use the old school themes over the aero interface. Some people are just so stuck in their ways and refuse to accept change...even if it is for the better!

Alexa08

January 20, 2009, 1:04 am

@peter henderson: actually, .docx is compatible with word 2003

Williamn

January 20, 2009, 3:04 am

Open office and the EU have solved this problem of compatibility........

needlegun

January 20, 2009, 2:23 pm

MS Office is a triumph of marketing - it's like selling someone a house to keep the rain off their head, when all they need is an umbrella.

Francesco Mastellone

January 20, 2009, 5:00 pm

Personally I like Windows 95's theme better than the darn shiny new ones. Who cares how buttons and the bars holding them look, what I'm interested in is what they do! (e.g. the icon and text recognizability, a field in which Vista is abysmal). That being said, I actually like the Ribbon interface, but Microsoft's approach to interoperability and marketing dissuades me from using any of their products.

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