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Letters
Beware Office 97

I applaud your decision to remove Office 97 from the WinList (The Explorer, June). Over the years, I had begun to question the validity of computer magazine reviews. I'm impressed that someone has the courage to tell the world that the emperor has no clothes.

Robin De Vore

via the Internet

Thanks for Fred Langa's column on the problems of Office 97 and Outlook. At first, like Fred, I was very impressed with Office 97's features. I especially liked Word 97's ability to create and display Web pages as if they were simple Word documents. I also liked the functionality of Outlook. It offered more possibilities than Schedule+ 95 and promised to be a good addition. But it began to turn on me in various ways.

I have been a Microsoft customer for many years, and I have been very satisfied with their products. But the problems I've experienced running Office 97 make me wonder whether Microsoft is getting lax in quality control as it races to beat Netscape.

Harry Thomas

via the Internet

Over the years, I've seen many problems, like one vendor being unable to import a certain file format from another vendor. But the same vendor being unable to read/write to its own previous file format? This is sheer arrogance and makes me wonder about the quality control standards used at Microsoft.

Bill Dittus

via the Internet

I recently did a complete reinstall of my operating system and no longer have Office 97 on my PC. What really amazes me is that the system runs 20 to 30 percent faster under Windows 95 without Office 97.

Neil Baptist

via the Internet

I agree completely with Mr. Langa's assessment of Microsoft Office 97 and the problems created by its new document file format. However, I'm even more concerned about the effect on the existing DOC extension and its role in Windows 95. In the past, I've used WordPad as my default program, so that it's automatically opened whenever I access a file with a DOC extension. Now I need to know whether the DOC file is in the new Word 97 format or the existing standard DOC format.

Think for a moment what would happen if Microsoft decided to redefine BMP, TXT or WMF formats. Let that unhappy prospect come to pass and we can say goodbye to using filename extensions as the means to selecting which programs open the files.

Bond Shands

via the Internet


Windows Magazine, September 1997, page 28.

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