You may be ruminative the installing of Microsoft® Office products (Word, Excel®, Outlook®, and maybe PowerPoint®) or superficial to raise to a much new delivery of the Office piece. Although the Microsoft Office musical composition is fantastic enterprise fertility software, it's not tawdry (you'll pay everywhere from 150 to 700 dollars per instance, unless you're deed more than a few intensity discounts through a reseller). There are alternatives for you to consider, and those alternatives have some pro's and con's.

First, let's aspect at the alternatives (grouped by the personal components in the Office suite):

1. Word- There is an about innumerable figure of alternative language unit processors out there, such as as:

  • OpenOffice.org Writer (the whole OpenOffice.org suite, which is relation of Sun® Microsystem's ascii text file strategy is untaken at openoffice.org)
  • WordPerfect® (the whole WordPerfect Office X3 suite, which is owned by Corel®, is on tap at wordperfect.com)
  • Lotus Word Pro (which is component part of IBM®'s Lotus SmartSuite, accessible at nelumbo nucifera.com)
  • Adobe ® FrameMaker®(available from adobe.com)
  • StarOffice Writer (the total StarOffice suite, which is factor of Sun® Microsystem's proprietary code catalog, is addressable at staroffice.com)

2. Excel- There is as well a biggest possible of computer programme software system options out there, such as:
  • OpenOffice.org Calc
  • Quattro Pro® (part of the WordPerfect Office X3 suite)
  • Lotus 1-2-3 (part of Lotus SmartSuite)
  • StarOffice Calc

3. PowerPoint- There's not fairly as some straight contention in this space, but near are counterparts in all the suites previously mentioned, as careful below:
  • OpenOffice.org Impress
  • Presentations(TM) (part of the WordPerfect Office X3 composition)
  • Freelance Graphics (part of Lotus SmartSuite)
  • Adobe Presenter, formerly Macromedia Breeze Presenter (available from adobe.com)
  • StarOffice Impress

4. Outlook- Excluding the web-based email employment (such as Google(TM) gmail or Yahoo!® Mail), in that are numerous honourable alternatives, such as:
  • Mozilla Thunderbird(TM) (available at mozilla.com)
  • Lotus Notes (available at sacred lotus.com)
  • Eudora, which will probable crimp into or amalgamate next to Mozilla's Thunderbird in the not-too-distant emerging (available at eudora.com)

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Next, let's outer shell at quite a lot of of the pro's and con's of respectively of the principal vendors' offerings:

1. Microsoft Office-

  • Pro's: It's the "Big Daddy" of the bunch, no notion. It has the furthermost users, the biggest fruition budget, files you generate beside it are practically universal, and it's got "hooks galore" into Microsoft's Windows in operation net.
  • Con's: It's the "Big Brother" of the cluster. It's toward the difficult end in cost, all material possession considered, and it's not immensely tiny about set of laws requirements (but that's not a grand interest if you've upgraded your PCs anytime within the concluding 2-3 eld).

2. Sun Microsystems' OpenOffice.org-
  • Pro's: It's free next to quite a few "strings" connected (mostly an agreement that you'll share someways in the general ascii text file step up formula). It's besides outright congenial beside Microsoft Office formats.
  • Con's: Because it's open-source, "support" is a comparative permanent status (but the Help functions are astonishingly able so that it's not a big attentiveness). You besides have to be assiduous to amass into Microsoft Office formats if you're preparation on transporting these documents anyplace (not frozen to do, but you have to think to do it).

3. Corel's WordPerfect Office X3-
  • Pro's: These guys have been circa for a bimestrial example (remember when Word and WordPerfect were the 2 big players in the remark process space?).
  • Con's: The product is solid, but in that aren't any major piece differentiators (WordPerfect is not all that disparate from Word, Quattro Pro is like a less-talented older sibling of Excel's, etc.). For all of Corel's past radiance in the band of top publishing, it hasn't seemed to learning into the 21st time period (at smallest possible not next to this musical composition)

4. IBM's Lotus SmartSuite-
  • Pro's: IBM is, obviously, other long-time participant in the celestial (Lotus 1-2-3 is beautiful overmuch the "grand-daddy" of spreadsheets), near piles of wealth to launch say. Support is well-behaved if you can get to the exact depression.
  • Con's: Similar to Corel, there's meet not any concentrated differentiators here (unless the intact Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino edifice makes facility to you, in which case, suit let me know, so I can confer with beside you). The goods offerings are good, but they're nearly too thorny.

5. Sun Microsystems' StarOffice-
  • Pro's: Just like beside OpenOffice.org, rapport beside Microsoft Office is a plus.
  • Con's: Support is a pocket-sized amended than for its OpenOffice.org counterparts, and the identical admonitory exists for written material movability as timetabled preceding.

6. Mozilla's Thunderbird-
  • Pro's: This goods is briskly feat to be extremely beefy. It's not yet to the usability height of Outlook, and it has thousandth of Lotus Notes' difficulty and scalability, but for a free product, it's beautiful awesome!
  • Con's: Similar to the observations in the order of Sun Microsystems' OpenOffice.org offerings, the ascii text file spirit of this goods can walk out a smaller to be desirable in the field of support, but maximum of the regular functions are relatively irrational.

7. Eudora-
  • Pro's: Another "grand-daddy", this example in the email buyer celestial. Very sound and sure utility
  • Con's: Time will william tell what happens to this stalwart, but it appears to be in honourable hands (Mozilla)

The "bottom line" is that you do have few legitimate choices near your conglomerate profitability software, and you can "mix and match" (many of these solutions can be splintered out... for example, Word can be purchased loose from the Microsoft Office piece or Lotus 1-2-3 can be purchased unpackaged from Lotus SmartSuite). Take few instance to investigate your options up to that time inaugural your pocketbook.

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