True, despite blowing tens of billions of dollars on failed products, Microsoft still makes billions. What’s Microsoft got going? Two cash cows. Windows and Office. Here’s how you can help hasten Microsoft’s demise.
No Office For You!
The most popular PC application suite on planet earth is arguably Microsoft Office. It’s also one of the most popular apps on the Mac.
Office might be the de factor standard in business and education, but it’s also convoluted, complicated, expensive, and comes with a mighty learning curve.
What would happen if Microsoft’s sacred cash cow began a rapid decline among customers who found an alternative that is just a convoluted and complicated, but is free?
That would hasten Microsoft’s decline, no? After all, Windows just isn’t what it used to be in the post-PC era.
It would appear that there’s a movement that aims to replace Office with OpenOffice, an open source, and very free productivity suite (for Mac and Windows).
Office for Mac comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. OpenOffice comes with Writer instead of Word, Calc instead of Excel, Impress instead of PowerPoint.
It also has Draw, Base, and Math for drawing, database designs, and mathematical equations, respectively.
It’s obvious that OpenOffice is simply a free and open source app that mostly mimics functionality of Microsoft Office.
You get Writer, a word processor with menu structure and features remarkably similar to that of Word, including (mostly) file compatibility. There’s the Math spreadsheet that looks and works like Excel, including graphics. And, Impress has similar functionality to PowerPoint.
In other words, it’s an Office suite you can use immediately on Macs and Windows PCs, and not a dime of your hard earned money goes to Microsoft. In fact, because OpenOffice is free, you get to keep your money.
What’s the catch? You probably want to know if OpenOffice is completely file compatible with Microsoft Office, right? My experience shows that OpenOffice is at least as compatible with Microsoft Office files and Microsoft Office is with its own versions from years past. In other words, not quite, but pretty darn close.
Besides, OpenOffice is free so trying it out won’t cost you anything but a little time.