Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[process] Word processing

The New York Times on alternatives to Microsoft Word.

You know, I don't find Word all that offensive. I've been using it regularly since the mid 1980s (Multiplan, anyone?), and using it as my sole word processor since Apple gave up on MacWrite. I'm heavily embedded in Word, quirks and all.

Every now and then I think about switching. I know people use other programs. But Word is standard at the Day Job, which means even if I go to Scrivener or some other tool for fiction, I'll still be using Word dozens of hours per week. And I feel too damned busy to spend a bunch of time relearning the habits of twenty years.

Am I being a dinosaur? Is it worth the trouble?

Poll #1116480 Word Processor Preference

What word processor do you use?

Microsoft Word (Windows)
47(40.9%)
Microsoft Word (OS X)
9(7.8%)
Open Office/Star Office
9(7.8%)
iWork/Pages
0(0.0%)
Google Docs
0(0.0%)
Scrivener
5(4.3%)
vi
0(0.0%)
Something else I'll explain in comments
8(7.0%)

Why?

Microsoft is a worldwide standard
18(16.4%)
Microsoft is (still) an evil empire
5(4.5%)
My choice is most productive for me
19(17.3%)
Technical/processor efficiency
1(0.9%)
Superior feature set
2(1.8%)
Something else I'll explain in comments
21(19.1%)
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