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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 24, 2007 / 10 Elul, 5767

The end of Microsoft Office?

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If Mark Twain once spoke of the "exaggerated" reports of his demise, the same might be applied to Microsoft Corp.'s Office productivity suite, but only slightly. As with Belshazzar's party guests, however, it is possible to view the handwriting on the wall thanks to recent events.

Last week, Google, which apparently is bound and determined to take over the online world, added Sun's StarOffice software to its "Google Pack" of free applications PC users can download. StarOffice, as discussed here previously, is a productivity suite which rivals Microsoft Office's functions of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentations and graphics. It's very good, and very capable on many levels. Both the Google Pack and StarOffice run only on computers running Microsoft Windows; there's some Google software for the Mac and OpenOffice.org offers a version of StarOffice for Mac users.

But the Mac side isn't bereft of alternatives: in addition to the recently reviewed NisusWriter Pro, which I like, comes Apple's own "IWork '08," , released on August 7. This bundle, which retails for $79, offers new editions of the Pages word processor and Keynote presentation software, as well as "Numbers," which is a basic spreadsheet. That $79 price is about 20-percent of the cost of Microsoft's Office 2004, the "latest" software the firm has for the Mac, though a new Mac Office is due sometime next year.

IWork '08 is not the kind of robust, hard-charging office productivity suite those of us who are "knowledge workers" wrestle with on a daily basis. There are templates in Pages, and very creative ones, for letters, reports, business cards and the like. But the layouts are more "artistic" and in some cases less formal, than what you'd find in Microsoft Word. The Numbers spreadsheet can do many things, though it doesn't incorporate all of the "macro" commands that are found in Microsoft Excel. Hence, while I could open and edit a corporate expense report form in Numbers, the Excel printout was far better since the Mac version of Excel read the Windows Excel "macros" perfectly.

The Keynote presentation program is, frankly, in a class by itself. I'll bet that each and every one of those PowerPoint slide shows we sit through in business would be improved just by using Keynote, which is brilliant in its simplicity and powerful in its effects. This software alone is worth the $79 IWork price tag.

And while there may be some hiccups going from Microsoft Excel to Apple's Numbers, there's less heartache going from IWork to Office: each component has an "export" feature which will save a file into an equivalent Microsoft format. Whether each IWork "effect" will translate is a question I've not answered yet, but I imagine most basic ones would move easily.

For those who wish to duplicate certain Microsoft Office macros in the equivalent IWork programs, I'm guessing that trial-and-error, plus the group collaboration which is the Internet today, will enable most of these.

But that's a small price to pay for the freedom and low-price of iWork '08. The writing screen in Pages is remarkably uncluttered, which is nice. Adding key features — a text box, table or chart — is a click away. The same goes for photos, which is easy thanks to the media "browser" included in the program.

There's a lot to like in IWork, if you're a Mac user; there's much to admire in StarOffice for PC users. Both of these might make Microsoft nervous, particularly IWork, with a very slick interface, stunning features and wallet-friendly price.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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