My day today with MS Office 2000:
I'm a programmer and was asked to prepare documentations and a presentation,
something no programmer really likes. Well, I swore and thought, lets just
slap something together quickly with Word and Powerpoint... I was mistaken.
The g**m Word crashed on me five times. Each time, after restarting Word
again, I could not open the file I was working on previously. Word
complained: "File locked by <me>".
After a while, I found out that I actually have to
1) kill the (window-less) process WINWORD.EXE and
2) delete all hidden files starting with '~'
before I could go on and open the file again. Being a programmer, I wrote
myself a tool to do this automatically.
"Ease of use"? Yeah right, I can just see all the secretaries just opening
the taskmanager and killing processes...
Poor, poor, poor quality. Amazing what they get away with.
- The graphical component (vector graphics) inside MS Word and Powerpoint is
a Joke. No, really. The behaviour is often illogical and unpredictable. It
also caused two of my five crashes. Scaling groups of objects does not work
properly. And so on. Pure pain - I wish I had Visio installed or some other
*professional* Graphics tool.
- Importing data from Word to powerpoint is error prone, to say the least.
Tables get scr*ed up.
As a bottomline, this will be the last presentation I prepared using MS