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* Posts by Binkle

4 posts • joined 19 Apr 2013

It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Word 2 to Office 365 and beyond: The good, the bad and the Ribbon

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Oldest gear that's still in use?

Binkle

I can't resist to use my Commodore 64 with my old tv from time to time to play some Space Taxi, Summer Games and such.

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Office 365 - what's in it for you? Speak your brains

Binkle

SoftMaker Office

@shell_user, I totally agree with you. Plus, Microsofts license and price policy gets more and more greedy. I played around with several alternatice office suites, but most of them (LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Kingsoft,..) had interoperability problems with Microsoft Office formats. I need to handle my thousands of Word-, Excel, and PowerPoint files perfectly. But SoftMaker Office Professional is a great alternative, I use it since one month and I will continue. Bye bye Microsoft. It comes with word processor TextMaker (including Berlitz dictionaries), spreadsheet PlanMaker, presentation software Presentations, plus eM Client 5 Professional. Excel is better than PlanMaker, but I miss no single feature of Word or PowerPoint, it has them all. Support by phone is free of charge.

I still need to use a MS Office on a Windows machine at work, but I use SoftMaker Office Professional at home, and I don't have any problem going back and forth. Interface is similar/familiar to that of MS Office 2003 (no ribbons), so there's not too much of a learning curve. Coding is tight, and program is small and runs fast. Price is reasonable at ~$99 for three licenses, upgrades from earlier versions ~$40, educational discount ~$25. They also run frequent/sales and promotions. A free 30 day trial download of 2012 is available. Have a look.

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