Excel: The Last Microsoft Office Stronghold

I really don’t care a lot about Office - I just never used it. Though I have to blame when (Austrian) schools forces children to buy (or thieve) Office to do stuff which could be done with a variety of free apps (in some cases easier than with Microsoft’s version.

- Andi

parislemon:

There was a good, brief discussion on Twitter tonight about Microsoft Office. Specifically, the fact that it’s 2014, so why the hell is anyone still using it?

To be clear, I know that a lot of people have to use it in their work environment. But that’s more because their office buys it for them and forces them to. It’s a strong method of lock-in that is seemingly still going strong after all these years.

The reality is that there are now more than enough solid-to-better alternatives for much of what Office offers. And some, like Google Docs and now even the Apple iWork suite, are free.1 And so it seems to me that increasingly, Office persists more out of habit (“I don’t know how to do this without Office”) and misguided fear (“what if I need Office for some reason?”) than necessity.

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