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Microsoft products dominate the computing scene in general business offices across the country, but WordPerfect is believed to have a wide edge in word processing in law offices. Corel, the publisher of WordPerfect, even sells a special legal edition of its office suite, offering extra features designed with the practice of law in mind. Microsoft, the maker of Word for Windows, is pushing hard for a larger slice of the law firm pie, hoping Word-using clients will pressure lawyers to shift over to Microsoft’s products. Anyone trying to choose between Word and WordPerfect, or maybe even considering using both, needs to research the issue before making a commitment. The following Web sites offer a wealth of information for comparison. Some of the sites clearly are biased in favor of one program or the other, but some offer a balanced look at both. WORDPERFECT VS. WORD MESSAGE BOARD www.insidetheweb.combs.cgib187620 Find out what everyday users think about the two applications by reading a few of the many messages displayed on this online message board. Partisans from both sides participate, resulting in such titles as “WordPerfect is Horrific” and “Vast Superiority of WordPerfect” and “Suffering from Word Domination.” BAKER’S DOZEN REASONS TO STAY WITH WORDPERFECT www.lextechinc.com/reviews/ bakerswp/default.asp Some sites take a partisan approach, as the title of this page illustrates. Lawyer Guy Williams starts with “Reason No. 1: Stability” and ends with “Reason No. 6: Cost” in his homage to WordPerfect. THE LEGAL TECHNOLOGY PRIMER www.denniskennedy.com/wvswp2k.htm Some users believe that you have to go along to get along, so they use both applications. St. Louis lawyer Dennis M. Kennedy advises practitioners to select the program that has the best features for their particular type of practice. And some people will benefit from having both installed on their desktop computer, he says. WORD VS. WORDPERFECT www5.law.com/tx/txlegalpro/ edit/wordperfect.htm Houston legal secretary Dolores I. Fisher says a perfect world would be a WordPerfect world, but most clients use Word, so a smart legal professional should be able and willing to go either way. LAW OFFICE TECHNOLOGY HOMEPAGE www.ds-a.com/word.html For Oakland, Calif., lawyer Dana Shultz, the bottom line is “Both Word and WordPerfect do much more than any business is likely to need. Firms that focus primarily on automation strategy tend to be more comfortable with Word. Those more interested in price or the details of document creation often prefer WordPerfect.” WORDPERFECT VS. WORD CENTRE hem.passagen.se/worldnet/wpvsword/ This site features a compilation of 17 links to articles on other sites that address the basic question. OPTIMIZING WORDPERFECT AND WORD www.lacba.orgalawyer/techorewp.html Los Angeles lawyer Joseph Kornowski doesn’t take sides on the debate over which word processor is better, but he offers some tips on getting top performance from either application. He also provides links to some sites that offer helpful advice and add-ons.

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