- The Washington Times - Monday, January 10, 2000

Best office suite

Microsoft Office 2000 wins, hands down. It’s slick, it’s fast, it works and it’s Web-ready. There is no better way to work with information from and on the World Wide Web, and there are few faster methods of placing your information on the Web, or on a company intranet.
In a sense, Microsoft Office 2000 is a bit anti-climactic, since its first beta arrived in July 1998 and here I am, 18 months later, still talking about it. But this software is deserving of praise because this time, Microsoft got it right, and in so many ways.
Consider: You can click on an address in Microsoft Outlook 2000’s contact manager, and instantly address an e-mail or a printed letter. Another click takes that report you wrote and saves it in hypertext mark-up language on a Web site. Still a third click does the same thing for an Excel spreadsheet and when you update the spreadsheet, the Web site is also refreshed.
This kind of functionality will serve Microsoft Office users well, and that seems to be a great number of folks. More information can be found on line at www.microsoft.com/office.
Runner-up is Corel Corp.’s WordPerfect Office 2000, an able assemblage of items from the Ottawa-based software shop (www.corel.com). WordPerfect remains a premier way of putting words on paper, and the Quattro Pro spreadsheet is a wonder to behold. Corel’s overall expertise in graphics and commitment to the Internet is seen throughout this package, and the firm’s bundling of Dragon Naturally Speaking in the high-end version of the software is an extra treat, making it easy to transition to voice processing.

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