Microsoft Office 2010 has finally hit shelves, but with plenty of other options out there – online and offline experiences such as Google Docs and OpenOffice.org, is it really worth spending anything from $129.99 upwards on an office package that really hasn’t had much of a facelift at all.
First and foremost, we will say that Microsoft Office is one of the most popular business and home applications ever to see the light of day. But since it’s release many years ago, and the evolution from Office ’97 upwards, we have not seen much of a change.
What us consumers really want to know is, tell me exactly what advantage I am getting from MS Office 2010 if I already have a fully licensed and working version of Office 2007? Even better, I could also go as to say as ‘what is the point in buying an office suite when I can get everything I can from OpenOffice.org‘? Which is free.
Of course, OpenOffice.org is not the only other alternative as we also have Google Docs and Zoho, which are online based workspaces. But it still remains that OpenOffice.org is the biggest competitor to any Office suite Microsoft throw at us. We highly recommend you check this out before you buy, as it might just have everything you need minus the big hole in your pocket where your money once was.
You could also delve into Office Web Apps, Microsoft’s own free online version of Office.
If I put the shoe on the other foot for one minute, and you are an MS Office user, you should find no way to convert to any of the alternatives we have discussed here. But it’s food for thought isn’t it?
Will you be upgrading to Office 2010? Can you find any benefits? Have you tried any of the other office suits on the market? We want to know what you are using and why.
Source: PC World