MS alternatives

  Skinn 23:51 17 Jan 2005
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I hope to start using the following in the near future:

Mozilla in place of Internet Explorer.
Foxmail in place of Outlook Express.
Open Office in place of Word 2000.

Before I install them, do they work in the same way as their Microsoft equivalents?
Will I have to back up all of my emails within Outlook Express and import them into Foxmail?
Will Open Office act as my spellchecker within Foxmail?

With regard to OE / Foxmail, there are four administrators on my new PC and when I installed my backed up my emails and email accounts from my old PC I was logged on under my own name. The problem is that when other administrators open up Outllook Express they can’t – it contains nothing and the accounts are not set up. How can I make OE common to all administrators i.e. all the same folders and emails within them and when I download my emails they go into all administrators OE simultaneously?

Thanks in advance.

Skinn

  johnnyrocker 00:01 18 Jan 2005

i dont know too much about possible difficulties with most of what you describe but i can definately tell you that most people you send anything in open office will not/cannot be opened.

johnny

  Simsy 17:18 18 Jan 2005

you can save files as the MS equivalent file format, eg spreadsheets as .xls, Documents as .doc etc.

However, you also asked, "do they work in the same way as their Microsoft equivalents?". In my experience, though there are many similarities, Ability Ofice, (click here), is more similar in useage. It is however, not free, about £50 for the complete suite. You can download a 30 day trial.

It does include a good relational database which, (I believe), is the only other suite that does so.

Good luck,

Regards,

Simsy

  JayDay 17:29 18 Jan 2005

Try Mozilla Firefox (browser), Mozilla Thunderbird (email), and Open Office. I use all these with no problems. Simsy is right Open Office can save docs into MS Office formats, you can also save them as PDF's. The switch from MS Office to Open Office was easy. To be fair how many of the Word features do you actually use?

  Skinn 22:53 18 Jan 2005

Thanks for your replies. I think I will give them a go but before I do, with OE / Foxmail, there are four administrators on my new PC and when I installed my backed up my emails and email accounts from my old PC I was logged on under my own name. The problem is that when other administrators open up Outllook Express they can’t – it contains nothing and the accounts are not set up. How can I make OE common to all administrators i.e. all the same folders and emails within them and when I download my emails they go into all administrators OE simultaneously?

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