November 17th, 2006


Dorky Software Packages

I (re-)discovered last night that my computer has Microsoft Works installed on it instead of Microsoft Office. This means that I cannot download.xls files from the Internet because my computer doesn't recognize them.

I do admit that I don't need the entire Office suite at home. I'm perfectly happy with just Word and Excel; I don't need PowerPoint, and I certainly don't need Access. *shudder*


Office is the standard. If Dell and Gateway are going to sell computers to people with the software already loaded, I really think they should scrap Works entirely and just pre-install Office. I doubt that most people upload Works files to the Internet. Thus, Works is of limited use for communicating with others. The Works spreadsheet program lacks the full functionality of Excel, and it shows.

Really, folks, just install the standard.
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