[T]hink what you might be able to do with your word processor today if there had been the same kind of competition there’s been between mobile phone makers? Instead of having to open different programs to do slides, or databases, or text, you’d open just one, and you’d be able to do so much more with it. Want to do a book?  Just click on templates, the way you do with a free blogging site, and all the formatting would happen automatically.  Want to publish it to the Web instead?  Same deal. I guarantee you that you’d be able to do even more things that I can’t even think of (remember the mobile app analogy?)

–Andrew Updegrove on the problem with monopolies.

As I’ve probably mentioned a zillion times before, I only use Word/Office in my Day Job and only begrudgingly at that. I don’t miss it from my home life, instead relying on a grab bag of other applications including Mail Pilot, iWork, Google Docs, and, of course, my beloved Scrivener.

Pretty much everything on the market is better than Microsoft bloody Office. It’s just so deeply embedded in the notoriously conservative large enterprise market that it’ll be a struggle to get rid of.


p style=”text-align:left;”>We can only but hope.