the past on both my PC and Mac. I really like Office 2004 for Mac so
I am going to compare it to my PC version of 2003 to see how it
stands. The Open Office suite is composed of these programs.
Writer (similar to Word)
Calc (similar to Excel)
Impress (similar to Powerpoint)
Base (similar to Access)
Draw (similar to Visio)
Math, an equation editor
I plan to try it for about a month beside Microsoft Office 2003. If I
am satisfied with it I will convert completely on my PC machines. It
will take a little more for me to convert on my Macs. The one thing
it is missing is an email client but Thunderbird is a good client for
those who do not like Outlook. I still prefer Outlook to Thunderbird
but I would not purchase the entire Office suite for one product.
Office 12 is on the horizon. If it turns out to be too expensive for
me I want to have other alternatives in mind. Open Office is a free
download and it is relatively small too. Give it a try and let me
know what you think.
Here is their web site.