Head-to-Head: LibreOffice 4.0 vs. Microsoft Office

Cutting The Ribbon

If you're like us, you've never cozied up to the menu "Ribbon" that Microsoft introduced with Office 2007. Love them or hate them, menus have served perfectly well since caveman times and you'll have to pry them from our cold, dead hands. Because if the purpose of word processing is to process words, then as much of the application space as possible should be devoted to that purpose, and program features should remain hidden until needed. To do otherwise defies logic. It's also typical Microsoft. Shown here are default word processor windows of Office for Mac 2011 (foreground) and LibreOffice 4.0. Which would you prefer to use?


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