There is no doubt that Office XP is a great product, and very useful. I could not do without it. MS Works just doesn't compare. Microsoft Excel and Word are wonderfully flexible. MS Excel can be used for financial and scientific work, and as a database as well. MS Word can be used for Business and Creative Writing, and for Desk Top Publishing and Web Design. (Obviously if you want a professional database, or want to do professional web design and DTP, you should consider using more specialist packages.) Microsoft Outlook, another part of Office XP, is a very flexible and user-friendly email package. However in this review I am focusing on Word and Excel, since they are the main value-added in MS Office. If you have bought a PC/Laptop with just MS Works pre-installed, then you should seriously consider buying MS Office if you want to get the most out of your computer. There is the question of whether Office XP will feel like a real upgrade to users of Office 95 to Office 2000. For the average user, Excel may not seem massively changed. And if all you are doing in Word is basic Creative and Report writing, then you may not feel there are big changes in the new version of Word. However the Web Design functionality is much improved over Office 95 in MS Word. So if you don't have Front Page you may find MS Word XP useful. Overall, MS Office is an excellent package. If you have Office 95 it may be worth your while getting MS Office XP. If you are an average user and have Office 2000, you should look carefully at the functions you need for Word Processing and consider whether moving to Office XP is really worth it.
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