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RE: Microsoft good press over Longhorn

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom [mailto:tb.31020.nospam@comcast.net] 
> Sent: Friday, 31 October 2003 9:33 AM
> To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: Microsoft good press over Longhorn
> On Fri, Oct 31, 2003 at 08:34:38AM +1100, Joyce, Matthew wrote:
> > Excel is pretty neat and I wish there was a DOC Edit clone 
> for linux.
> When I worked at Microsoft there was some discussion: far and 
> away the 
> most common use-case for Excel is entering a few rows and columns of 
> data and making a chart.  But nobody uses Microsoft tools 
> like Microsoft 
> itself: you should have *seen* some of the fancy spreadsheets the 
> GM-level staff put together.
> I have this belief that 90% of jobs are unnecessary; they are just 
> something for people to do all day because otherwise they'd 
> go out and 
> burn cars.  Most of the things I have to do with Excel and 
> Word fall in 
> that category.
> For small datasets, I finally realized plaintext files and 
> simple tools 
> like gnuplot are more flexible than Excel.

Granted most people who use Excel will not use many of the features, Excel
97 will be ok for most.
I would imagine Gnumeric has heaps of stuff most people wont use too.

I know the finance people I have worked with love excel and are proficient
at using it, for them it is a totally useful tool.
The researchers here all us excel and it is very useful and easy to be to
wite vba functions and have them centralised and shared.

Having Excel on PCs, Mac OS9 and OSX is also useful.

For myself, I like the formula auditing function of Excel, I find it
extremely useful.

I'm not particulaly pro MS, but I find the "Microsoft's software has always
sucked" rant boring.

I know this is a linux list, and no doubt I'm in for a roasting.


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