GCN LAB REVIEWS
EasyOffice gives you the basics, but not much more
- By Carlos A. Soto
- Oct 28, 2010
Suppose you’re on a techie version of "Survivorman," and you need a fast, easy-to-use and cheap office suite to keep you safe until you’re rescued by the program police. EasyOffice Premium is the tool you would need to survive the ordeal. For anything else, it’s not of much use — although at only $49, it’s an inexpensive alternative to the real thing.
EasyOffice Premium features all the relevant components of a decent productivity suite at a fraction of the cost of Microsoft Office. The only catch is that you have to be willing to give up the luxury of a modern interface because EasyOffice is essentially a mirror image of Microsoft Office 2003. The result of using such an outdated interface is similar to the feeling you get when you look at an old car that you really wanted to drive when you were a kid and now see that it looks clunky and outdated. That’s how it feels using EasyOffice Premium.
Cons: Outdated; compatibility issues outside Microsoft operating system; unreliable features.
Ease of Use: B
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One of the main problems I had with EasyOffice was reverting to the drop-down boxes associated with that old architecture. Remembering where all the features and functions are located was harder than I expected. User interface testing has come such a long way that everything is a click or two away, and most functions are in a ribbon or have a hot button.
But despite the outdated interface, the word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, e-mail and database programs are easy to use and work well, albeit with little to no cross-collaboration. However, you do get a decent PDF creator and editor, in addition to a run-of-the-mill antivirus suite for no extra cost.
With EasyOffice, a lot of the applications include only bare-bones capabilities and few or no bells and whistles. Therefore, I wouldn’t feel too comfortable leaving my computer’s protection up to the suite’s antivirus. Like everything else about EasyOffice, it feels a little too outdated to trust completely.
Buyer beware: If you go to EasyOfficePremium.com to purchase the software, no listing of any ownership or contact info is available aside from two links: one for support e-mail, which we never got a response from, and another that is supposedly for billing inquiries and leads to a Web page that has no English words and is full of YouTube videos. Like the software itself, these links left us scratching our heads.
Carlos A. Soto is a former GCN Lab technology analyst.