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Goodbye Microsoft Office

For many years, I've been a user of Microsoft Office.  I've been running Office 2003 for years now, as I've been unwilling to upgrade to the latest 2007 release because it simply costs more than I use the product now.  I'm no longer writing long reports and compiling spreadsheets of data and putting together presentations on my home computer (at work, that's a different matter).

So, this weekend I took the plunge and replaced Office with a combination of Mozilla Thunderbird and OpenOffice.  Like I said, I don't do a lot of “Office” tasks any more, but that doesn't mean I never need them.  Plus, Outlook had to be replaced by something, and I've had good experiences with Thunderbird in the past.

Now is the transition phase.  You know, the one where you figure out how to do everything you used to do with your old setup.  OpenOffice really isn't that much different from Microsoft Office in terms of function, so I expect that to be an easy transition.  However, it's probably going to take me a few weeks to get used to Thunderbird.  Thankfully, they've come a long way with the product (including creating Lightning, which is a nice calendar plug-in for Thundebird) and they make migration a breeze.  However, there are still the nuances of how things are done that I'll need to learn (and the Outlook things I'll have to unlearn), but I'm sure I'll get used to them in time.  After all, they're not deal-breakers so far.

Alas, a goodbye to Microsoft Office.  For many years you served me well, but it was time for me to move on.

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