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What an office suite should look like

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In between Web apps, which tend to be minimalistic, children-oriented stripped-down versions of popular programs and massively decorated KDE-centric office suites, which probably represents the far end of the spectrum, the common user will have a tough time choosing the best program for writing documents and presenting stuff. But making the right choice for your favorite software is only the beginning of the problem. Whatever you decide upon, you're still bound to work in the same confusing, frustrating, inefficient manner like you always did.

In this article, I'll try to give you my perspective on how things ought to look like, what the typical office suite should and should not be, going through the arsenal of known programs and then branching into the brave and uncertain future. We'll see how the glum world of keyboard hammering can be saved, so that even non-geeks can write papers that look better than a raccoon roadkill.

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