The WordPerfect Office 12 release serves as a reminder that there are feature-rich competitors to Microsoft Office. PC Magazine compare two with the leader.The release of WordPerfect Office 12a tremendously capable packageis a healthy reminder that Microsoft Office, although currently thundering over the land, has competitors that not only equal but surpass it in many ways. Consumers and IT purchasers in businesses large and small have real choices and need to seriously investigate them. Toward that end, we have reviews of three strong contenders: Microsoft Office 2003, Suns Star Office 7, and WordPerfect Office 12. Cost is not the least of the reasons to consider a Microsoft rival: On the street, Bill Gates will take $270, thank you very much, for Office 2003, Standard Edition. The latest WordPerfect Office Standard Edition is only about $10 less, but StarOffice 7, the "new" kid on the block, will forward just $80 to Suns coffers. Numerous challengers cost little, or like the open-source
To say the least, Microsoft has no lock on capabilities or usability. In fact, we found StarOffice more intuitive than Redmonds product, and the competitors from Sun and Corel have excellent features not found in Microsoft Office, such as the capability to directly export to PDF and SWF (Flash) formats. The WordPerfect word processor also retains its superior Reveal Codes mode that gives tight control over formattinga popular feature yet to be matched by Microsoft and for which its product suffers.
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