Word 2004 performance

May 22, 2004 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 1 Comment

A few years ago, columnist David Pogue sang a little parody song about Microsoft Word taking up 10 CDs (at least 4-gig drives do grow on trees today). The latest version, Word 2004, still comes on 1 CD, but it’s real-world performance, according to Bare Feats, is up to one third the speed of its predecessor.

This sluggishness might remind most Mac veterans of the 1994 Word 6 fiasco. Unfortunately, this time, Microsoft can get away with it, having proved itself capable of defeating the United States Government in court and buying unparalleled influence today. Given their release schedule, any speed improvements may have to wait until the next major release, which will handicap OS X adoption into large companies.

Of course, I run a MS-free computing envrionment, but would like to warn my friends still addicted to MS bloatware that this is another chance for redemption. Don’t waste your money.

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  1. I read this comment (4th one down) at Dan Gillmor’s blog that mentioned a three-install limit on MS Office 2004.It’s just another sign of the increasing control Microsoft is trying to impose on its users. At least Mac users don’t reinstall their OS every year as is typical of many Windows users. Come to think of it – a three-install limit will force you to buy the next version of Office. Doh!


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