Saturday, May 18, 2013

Get It Done For Free

If you're a school district that still using Microsoft Office on most desktops, you need to stop. Really. 
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It's a point that Jeff at The Thinking Stick makes quite well:
In the US, 74 of the top 100 Universities use Google Apps and 7 of the 8 Ivy League Universities use Google Apps. Love that they released these figures as just two weeks ago I had an IT Director tell me students still needed to know how to use Word as that was the standard. According to Google itself over 5 million businesses use Google Apps. What this tells me is platform no longer should be the focus. Word processing the skill should be.
Last week, I had to seriously crunch some numbers. I didn't have to go to a desktop application once. Instead, at work, I use GoogleApps for Education's Sheet. I seldom start up LibreOffice anymore, even though it's continued to be developed.  And, MS Office...even though it's installed on my computer, I avoid that like the plague. You may not believe me, but I haven't used MS Office in years.

If you have to use something on your computer, use LibreOffice, which just came out with a new version:
LibreOffice is a comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite that you can download and install for free. There is a large base of satisfied LibreOffice users worldwide, and it is available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse, ...). 

What's outstanding about LibreOffice?LibreOffice is a feature-packed and mature desktop productivity package with some really great advantages:
It's free – no worry about license costs or annual fees.
No language barriers – it's available in a large number of languages, with more being added continually.

Perhaps we should all be making videos, slide shows, etc. But sometimes, you just have to crunch numbers, word process...and LibreOffice or GoogleApps can get it done for free.

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