Microsoft Office

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Since it has become quite popular to complain about all Microsoft products in general and about Microsoft Office in particular, I would like to take a stand for the Office package from Microsoft with this blog post.

If anyone ever had to find a killer argument for Microsoft Office, it would be very easy to find — Microsoft Office is not from SAP!

I myself am very happy to pay for Microsoft Office and have been doing so since version Microsoft Office 3.0 (from 1992) and since 2011 I have had the Office 365 subscription version, which is now known as Microsoft 365. I also use the Office package on both Windows and my Mac.

For professional reasons, I was already confronted with Word for DOS and had to realize that, internationally, you can hardly do without Word, Excel (later as Access) and especially PowerPoint. The whole thing was then supplemented by Outlook and all Office products at least became the standard in the military world. So it's not surprising that my only training in Office products was at a French military academy. In the Bundeswehr, at least in my time, it was assumed that German officers could do anything as long as they had an operating manual at their disposal.

And to this day, the first thing I do is install an Office package on all my computers, even if I admit that I now mainly use completely different software. Nevertheless, I don't want to do without these Microsoft products and I'm always amazed at what you can use these products for - even if this use was hardly intended by the developers.

To make it short, no matter what my fellow citizens may say about Microsoft Office, I can only recommend these products to everyone and I am still convinced that the error-free handling of them is not only part of today's general education, but also is an absolute necessity in (almost) every professional environment.

I am also convinced that if our administrations could only deal with these Microsoft products halfway — if they were not forced to be tormented with SAP products — our bureaucracy would not be in the miserable state that we all have to experience today.

"The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no button. They have absolutely no taste. And I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don't think of original ideas, and they don't bring much culture into their products."

Steve Jobs in an interview in the PBS documentary “Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires” (1996)

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