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Kicking The Microsoft Habit

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For many people these days, Microsoft is to computing as Kleenex is to facial tissues -- practically the same thing. Microsoft probably has no problem with this, but sticking with just one supplier is not always a great idea. Increasingly, there are solid -- and practical -- reasons to minimize our commitment to Microsoft software.

For one thing, Microsoft software can be expensive. Why pay hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office, for instance, when low-cost and even free alternatives are available?

Then there's security. As is often the case with the rich and powerful -- or at least the highly visible -- there are those who want to make trouble for Microsoft and its users. Many of the security threats hatched by these characters focus on the Outlook e-mail/contacts/calendaring program and on Internet Explorer, which has been the subject of a constant stream of security patches and upgrades in recent years. In addition, there have been viruses that attack Word and other Microsoft Office applications.

For true rebels, another reason to avoid or switch away from Microsoft is that, well, it's Microsoft.

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