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 +====== PC Pro, 01-12-2011, The alternatives to Microsoft ======
 +
 +Submitted to PC Pro Magazine.
 +
 +
 +  Dear sir,
 +  Recently I received an email from an association I am on the
 +  mailing list of which amounted to little more than an advert for Microsoft
 +  software. This annoyed me enough to write a reply, but the reply I
 +  received back made me realise how many people think that windows is an
 +  integral part of a desktop or laptop, ​
 +  and that without it, the computer will not function.
 +  Likewise the assumption all office based software must come from Microsoft.
 +  ​
 +  Put bluntly, this is not true, there are several non-Microsoft Operating
 +  System choices available, the best known is Apple'​s Mac OSX operating
 +  system which runs on Apple'​s own hardware. Linux is also a good
 +  alternative,​ but it is hard to find it pre-installed for various reasons
 +  related to Microsoft'​s monopoly enforcing policy.
 +  ​
 +  Likewise, alternatives to Microsoft Office exist, but the way we have
 +  been conditioned to refer to a "​Microsoft Word document"​ or an "Excel
 +  Spreadsheet"​ when we just mean a text document or spreadsheet is both
 +  insidious and illuminating.
 +  ​
 +  Insidious because we no longer think what we
 +  are saying, Powerpoint has almost become a regular noun when we just mean
 +  a presentation and illuminating because it shows how Microsoft'​s marketing
 +  and publicity machine tries to condition what we say. Whilst we also might
 +  say a "​Transit"​ sized van, the alternatives to Ford are all around us to
 +  see.
 +  ​
 +  For both Operating Systems and Application Software, plenty of
 +  non-Microsoft alternatives exist, and I would urge potential buyers of
 +  laptops and computers to ask what alternatives to Microsoft the vendor can
 +  offer and an explanation if they don't have any.
 +  ​
 +  ​
 +  Yours Sincerely,
 +  Andrew
 +  ​
  

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