Additional Technology Tips
"What You Really Need "( JofA , Apr.99, page 65) was a very good article for CPA firms that do not have an in-house professional. However, as an IS specialist with a CPA firm, I would like to add a few points:
- If someone is interested in an office product that is compatible with MS Office and will run on many different platforms, including OS/2, Linux, Windows, Java and more, he or she should look into Star Division's Star Office 5.0 ( www.stardivision.com ). It brings a common interface to the word processor, spreadsheet, database, address book, e-mail and calendar functions. Star Division offers a free personal edition for home use, and the business edition is a cost-effective solution.
- Corel is working hard to bring the WordPerfect Suite to the Linux platform and Linux, as well, to the desktop. Right now, Linux has a lot of momentum and appears to be the only true competitor to the Microsoft juggernaut for the next few years. Although Linux is not for the faint of heart today, many large companies are working to change that in the near future.
Robert D. Britton
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