Technology: Office A La Carte

Home users should cherry pick two parts of Microsoft's latest software suite

Tired of spending hundreds of dollars upgrading your copies of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel every couple of years? This time around, you probably don't have to. That's because the latest version of Microsoft Office (Professional Edition: $499), which went on sale last week and encompasses 11 individual programs, four varieties of server software and a couple of add-on services, has surprisingly few improvements designed for individuals. It targets the corporate market--teams of office workers sharing documents, accessing corporate databases and filling out electronic forms. If you do most of your computing work on your own, save your cash. For the...

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