Post by Marko Rauhamaa
It's easier to get a junkie off of crack cocaine than it
is to get a user off Microsoft Office.
Good then I never got on.
It isn't even like Word was the best available word processor
out there when it was introduced. Or that it has improved over
It's like the old saw "nobody ever got fired for buying IBM"
it became "nobody ever got fired for picking Microsoft
software." Forget about the best for the job at hand, or the
best interface, or the most useful features; just go by
the Microsoft logo and put up with the warts.
My favorite word processor was Ami Pro. Easy to use, useful
features, and a user could produce documents within fifteen
minutes of sitting down with it the first time. Loved it!
Wordstar was my first, and it was clunky, but got the job
done. Word Perfect was better, and adopted in many offices.
But then Word took over, offices and colleges/universities
required documents in the Word format, and they were locked
in even though better solutions were already out there.
The worst part is that the way Word does things (badly or
with difficulty) has made the Open Software word processors
go the same route, making them more difficult to use with
arcane interfaces. Open Office/Libre Office both have the
same things embedded that make me despise Word. They may
be "free," but that's the only thing that makes them
better than Word.
And yeah, I'm sure an amazon entry into the word processing
market will have "buy it now" features embedded along with
the requirement that all of your documents reside in their
cloud rather than on your own machine)s). Nope, no thank
Nyssa, who wishes there were an Ami Pro clone for Linux