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WHY do so many people and businesses keep buying Microsoft Office at about $200 for home users and $379 for businesses when there are good substitutes that cost zilch, or a only small fee?

It's a question DoubleClick, despite being a pretty dedicated Office user, has often pondered. The main reasons, we guess, are historical and environmental: most of us have used the suite for years, so we keep updating -- and so does pretty well everyone else around us with whom we may need to share files.

Then there's the bells-and-whistles thing. Footnotes, endnotes, indexing, collaboration tools, formulae, image editing, ribbons, macros -- Office has more bells, more whistles, more tricks and turns, than most of us are ever likely to learn or use.

It's just comforting to know they're there should you ever write a huge reference tome, run millions of figures and projections through a bundle of spreadsheets or embark on some other arcane project.
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Some of the freebie suites have bells and whistles too, although not usually as many.

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