Saturday, September 22, 2007 Writer vs. Microsoft Word,

In, "Office software shootout: Writer vs. Microsoft Word, round three", Bruce Byfield, a computer journalist who writes regularly for and IT Manager's Journal, iinvestigates how Writer compares to Microsoft Word. Bruce judges Write (OOo Writer) to better than Microsoft Word in 8 of 14 categories:

OOo Writer Better:
  • The Interfaces
  • Styles
  • Page layout
  • Bulleted and numbered lists
  • Headers and Footers
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Indexes, tables of content, and bibliographies
  • Master documents
  • Tables
  • Drawing tools
Microsoft Office Better:
  • Templates
  • Outlining
  • Cross-references
  • Unique features
Bruce concludes,
"As in the previous two comparisons, Writer emerged as the winner in the majority of categories. However, in many categories, the decision is not as obvious as in previous comparisons. For the first time in several releases, Word's designers seem to be making significant changes."

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