And finally, I overcame my fear and started to try out some alternatives to Microsoft.
It feels naughty, like going against Big Brother.
I'd always thought (from experiences and hearsay from the early days) that changing my browser would screw up my PC.
But guess what, it doesn't. You can have different browsers open at the same time!
I gave it a go, with not one but two browsers.
Mozilla Firebird and
Both seem to work well, though I haven't played with them enough to see what the advantage is over Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
I've been thinking some more about this and I realise that I could do without Word and Excel (I'm not a particular sophisticated user of either).
PowerPoint would be more difficult to let go of.
I was also thinking what I'd like to see from Microsoft to improve the Office Products, which I like, but are expensive.
What if everything was lumped together? The ability to have one window and have Office work as a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, and Graphic Presenter, and throw in a WYSIWYG HTML editor as well.
Some Microsoft products seem more stable than others.
Outlook is always rock solid. Word and Excel are quite good. PowerPoint can be a bit flakey and I lose more work than with the others, but I guess there's more going on.