By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-01-16 Print this article Print

Asking users to keep in mind that ThinkFree Office 3 was still in beta and would likely have some bugs, we instructed testers to open and create documents using the suites word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications.

The users seemed, for the most part, receptive to a move to ThinkFree. Some of the more advanced users even applauded the intuitive nature of ThinkFree and its capabilities. Users of all levels remarked on the suites ease of use and familiarity.

"I believe ThinkFree has a good foundation to grow their product on," said Benincasa. "It is cross-platform, server-based, and the learning curve is minimal. Users were not exposed to the product beforehand, but they did not seem to have problems navigating and using the product."

Many of the same issues encountered during tests of OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 were also present during this test, however.

Click here to read the ThinkFree Office 3 test methodology. ThinkFree, for example, was unable to handle any Microsoft macros. The suite also ran into some issues with formatting and, in some cases, could not open documents created using Microsoft Office.

ThinkFree officials said that they will try to resolve as many formatting and compatibility issues as possible by the time the software is released this spring. The company has no plans, however, to support macros of any kind.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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