Maximizing Software

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This week’s topic is: Maximizing Software. I’m amazed at how many people have computers but don’t know how to use them, or how to use them well, or know their full functionality potential. In fact, I’ve been on computers for many, many years, I am continually amazed by how many new things I find out that my old software can do.

Microsoft Office
Some of you may know that Microsoft Office 2010 was just released a few weeks ago, but what you may not know about is a comparable Office Productivity Suite called “Open”. If you run right over to the Microsoft Store website and purchase a copy of the Professional version Microsoft Office 2010 outright, you'll pay $500, or more specifically $499.99 plus $14.95 for shipping if you desire to have a back-up disc and documentation mailed to you.

The good news is, if you’re a
Maximizing The Net visitor, you can travel to our Software page and take advantage of our deal with the Microsoft Store that can save you more than $200, if you upgrade 3 PCs! Exciting, I know.

Open Office | The Open Source Office Suite
Now, if you’re not quite ready to drop $500 on an Office Productivity Suite, then perhaps you may be excited to learn about the Open Source Office Suite of has everything you’d expect in an office suite and it’s open-source, which means you can have it for FREE! All you pay is $9.97 for Shipping and Handling for the FREE CD.

With Open version 3 you get a word processor, in addition to spreadsheet, database, graphics editor and presentation creators, plus you can create your own eBooks and share your documents using the built-in PDF writer to make PDF files, without buying additional PDF creator software! This option alone is worth more than the cost of the CD!

One of the really great things about the software suite is that the files are stored in a format that can be opened with Windows, Linux, and Macintosh applications! And for $10 bucks, I think it’s worth a try, and if you don’t want to get the CD and the documentation that comes along with it, you can also go to our Software page, and click the last link at the bottom of the paragraph talking about it, and download a copy from there.

It’s a great investment, and at this price, definitely worth a try. And in an effort of full disclosure, I want to note that I use both Microsoft Office products, as well as the Open Office Suite and I find them both to be great software applications, but not paying $500 for it, definitely places Open Office as the front runner!

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