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"Office Suites - In computing, an office suite, sometimes called an office application suite or productivity suite is a software suite intended to be used by typical clerical and knowledge workers. The components are generally distributed together, have a consistent user interface and usually can interact with each other, sometimes in ways that the operating system would not normally allow."
The members have spoken in this years 2006 Members Choice poll.
The results are not all surprising, with Microsoft Office [all versions for Windows] coming away with 145 votes for first place.
Coming in second, with a vote count of 66, is the open source software, Open Office.
Trailing far behind the top 2 in 3rd place with a vote count of 8 is Corel.
The results of this poll shows that while Open Office has a good following, Microsoft still commands the office suite environment. A lot of this is due to the fact that folks are integrated into the Microsoft products because this is what school, work, or even their personal feelings dictate.
But this also shows that there are folks out there ready for a change, be it in free software, compatible software to whatever Microsoft has, or just plain wanting to try something different.
The bottom line: if you're looking for a good office suite, then look at what the members here voted for, then decide with your pocketbook if it meets your criteria for what you want or need.
And remember, the software forum is a good place to ask questions if your answer is not here.
Some others we looked at:
Lotus SmartSuite, Sun Office (all versions), AbiWord, Open Office, KOffice, NeoOffice, 602 PC Suite, One Special Edition (formerly Easy Office), GNOME Office, GoBe Productive, VistaSource ApplixWare, AppleWorks 6, Ability Office, Quick Office, EIOffice, Portable Office, Documents To Go, SoftMaker Office, Think Free Office, Zoho Office Suite, iWork for Apple, Siag Office
I would like to thank the MODs for letting me put together this poll, and for the members that voted in it. Without you, this FAQ could not be possible.
Links verified as of 09-18-06