“There are alternatives to the ubiquitous applications suite, but in most cases, they’re not worth the trouble. Do you need to have Microsoft Office on your PC? Because Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have become the de facto standards for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, it’s tough to do any sort of business on a computer without being able to read and edit files in those formats. But if you’re willing to make some compromises, there are alternatives.” Read the rest of the editorial at BusinessWeek. In a related note, Gobe released a new demo of gobeProductive3.