Win8 vs Win7

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Re: One of the funniest reads for me in a while
In reply to kelpdiver, Jun 12, 2013

kelpdiver wrote:

in other words, none of the lawyers wanted to switch from the version they were accustomed to and productive with. Not the ones making your firm money, and not the new hires. Both saw change as unproductive and unnecessary.

Now 15 years ago, you might argue that word processors and spreadsheet software was still evolving, but let's be honest, these are very mature applications. What new functionality are they really adding these days? For the vast majority of users, nothing. They're using the same features that were finished in the 90s and now we're just moving the icons around.

The biggest addition to functionality that the new Office versions offered was better SharePoint integration, XML document standardization becoming the default file type, and improved collaboration capabilities for documents, spreadsheets, and Outlook.  This really didn't start to take shape until Office 2007 and improved upon in 2010.

For home use, those features don't matter so much.

The legal world hung onto text mode wordperfect 5.1 for a very long time because for those experienced with it, it did all they needed and very quickly. For fast typists, the windows gui was a big step back in productivity.

I think the last time I used WordPerfect was around 1997/1998 (used at a title agency that worked next door to a law firm).  It was great for the time and had superior features over Office, mainly the reveal codes and macros.

Later Microsoft came around and began offering improved versions of their Office that trumped WordPerfect, especially when used in a Windows environment.  WordPerfect was great in DOS, but not as good at first in Windows.  But by the time this happened, it was too late for WordPerfect.  The product changing hands a few times via buyouts and acquisitions didn't help the product either.

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