Why MS makes outstanding programs like the Office suite, Visual Studio, Active Directory, Exchange, etc.
But they can't come up with a decent OS?.
I would kill to have such tools running on Linux.
Visual Studio is an extremely well designed IDE. It has its faults, but all in all it's just an amazing piece of software for doing its job. I don't use IDEs, but if I did, I'd be using VS, not the IntelliJ shit.
Office continues to be better than the alternatives if you want to do anything more advanced than typing a report.
AD/Exchange also outperform all the competitors.
There's hating Microsoft, and then there's hating great products just because they're from Microsoft. One mindset is reasonable, the other is retarded. I'll let you figure out which one is which.
exchange is a clusterfuck and i would much rather prefer simple imap or pop3.
office suite is bad except for excel and onenote.
don't use the other ones.
there isn't anything majorly wrong with windows if you debloat it.
Well yeah, Microsoft scoops up a lot of the best coders with its aggressive hiring programs, so it's to be expected that their software packages are going to be good. The main reason Windows sucks involves business decisions (e.g. maintaining full backwards compatibility and so on)
As someone who has to fight this shit every day... Ugh. It's terrible. Not really Office itself, so much as the fact that everyone tries to make it do more than it's really meant to do. Want to type a letter? Word is great, but it's an utter pain in the ass for anything with complex formatting.
I guess one of these days I need to learn Latek.
Office is only bad if you have no idea on how to use it. To the average user who just picks it up with no training, it seems no better than Libre. To someone who actually uses the full feature set, there's no subtitute (at the currrent time). I'll admit that I fall into the former group, but I've seen Office power users in action and witnessed countless powerful features I didn't even know existed.
Learn LaTeX now, it takes an afternoon to learn what you need to make basic documents, and less than a week (including the time spent working on the documents) before you're fully proficient in all the important features. Assuming you're not retarded it should only take a few days of "slow" (looking things up) use before you're up to speed.
>All Metro-themed programs are "outstanding"
You're the one who posted shit on windows 10 getting aero and calling it a bad idea aren't you?
Metro is the shittiest design style I've ever seen.
Even Windows XP's Fischer Price shit was better.
Fuck your Metro faggotry and fuck you. Go die in a fire and the world will be a better place.
>The main reason Windows sucks involves business decisions (e.g. maintaining full backwards compatibility and so on)
Oh come on, you have to admit it's cool as fuck that you can actually upgrade a Windows 1.0 installation up to Windows 8.1.
>latex is orders of magnitude better in every possible way
Oh I agree when it comes to formatting, LaTeX is better (I use it for all my documents personally because I'm an engineer) but Word does a lot more than just format documents.
There's a lot of tools for doing things like exchanging data with excel (and other Office software), collaborative document writing, interactive reviewing and more (and those aren't even the power features).
Yes, you can mail merge in LaTeX, but the experience isn't pleasant. You shouldn't have to be a programmer to perform basic functions like that.
Integration with Excel and Word alone makes Powerpoint useful. It's slightly more refined than the open source alternatives too, but there's no significant advantage, I agree.
The main complaint I can give is the use of VBA for scripting. Would love the option to use a different language, since I hate the syntax.
Often overlooked, although I don't blame people for doing so. It's a really well designed note taking application, but it's not relevant to all users of office software suites.
every time i've tried to use onenote for studying or taking notes in lecture i feel like i'm not learning anything at all and wasting my time.
for some reason handwriting notes--that i can't even read afterwards because of how poor my handwriting is--seems much more effective.
I suppose I'll ask this here.
My mom has a insanely large .pst file for outlook. (18 gigs!).
The result of a solid decade + of frequent emails.
She wants to do incremental backups with it, but right now that just copies the entire file whenever it changes, which is everytime.
I'm seeing if I can move her over to thunderbird, because it A, stores the emails in plaintext, and B, stores them with one database per folder, so it isn't monolithic.
Problem is importing a massive .pst isn't easy.
Wondering what the best way to do this is, or if there's a good alternative for backing up outlook incrementally properly.
(I'm planning on using ZFS snapshots, so plaintext will work really nicely, and I imagine that .pst will not work well at all with zfs snapshots, although if anyone has experience to the counter, I'd love to hear it, it'd save me some trouble. )
That's what I've been trying, but it seems to miss a large portion of her emails in outlook, which is weird.
outlook has an export per folder option that I was planning on looking at.
Oh, fun thing, thunderbird ran up against the 255 character limit when importing, I had to change where it stored email data to avoid that.
In my experience, the more likely someone is to work with proprietary formats in general, IE, mech engies with CAD programs, the more likely they are to use a proprietary doc format.
Everyone thinks we're elitist picks when wet do that.
Granted, we are, but nobody will join us if we do that.
Also cool to bring a debian buzz all the way to Jessie. Or maybe even Sid.
I keep a floppy with debian etch for whenever I adopt Pentium era dinosaurs, and then just
> vim /etc/apt/sources.list
> apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
And it works. I love it. Like rescuing handicapped puppies. Heart warming
>Why MS makes outstanding programs like the Office suite, Visual Studio, Active Directory, Exchange, etc.
What? MS software is BTFO by people who
>do it for free
The only thing they have going for them is James Mickens.