Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:45 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Yesterday we ran a story on how educational institutions defaulting to Microsoft Office may stifle some people who do not own a copy of Office or Windows. A Forrester Research report now states the bloody obvious by claiming that organisations stick with Microsoft Word not out of necessity, but out of habit.
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by Bobthearch on Sat 17th Jan 2009 02:30 UTC
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LOL at this entire topic.

I just started working at a small research company, 30+ employees and at least that many computers. One of my tasks today was to install Office 2000 on a reformatted laptop.

So why didn't they install a newer version or a different program?

First off, the company already paid for it.
Second, it works very well.
Third, it's the same version that every other computer in loaded with.
Fourth, it's the software that every employee has been using for nine years, so everyone is well-trained and accustomed to it.
Fifth, because the company has thousands of documents and files created with Office 2000. No need to ever be concerned with compatibility, filters, conversions, etc.

It really is amazing how well this old software works, with no need at all to upgrade. It actually seems that most of the software at use in the company is either written in-house, or it's ca. 1998 commercial programs.

Just pointing that out since this outfit seems to be a near-perfect example of "habitual" software users.

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by Temcat on Sat 17th Jan 2009 14:32 in reply to "LOL"
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Amen to that. I too find Office 2000 superb. I only transitioned to 2003 because of fewer crashes and better file recovery, but for me the UI is better in 2000. And it's unbelievably fast.

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