While I work in online services for a major government department, I don’t have much interest in changing or upgrading software. I’ve been running Internet Explorer forever, use Eudora for email, and use MS Office when I can get away with not paying for it. However, I’ve decided, with the various security problems involved with some MS products, to try a few alternatives. I’m shifting to Mozilla’s Firefox, am upgrading Eudora, and trying out Open Office. It doesn’t hurt that all of this stuff is freeware, or available cheaply, but the main reason is just to see how easy it is to get along without Microsoft. It’s also a preparation for migration to a new home PC, which I hope to buy soon-ish.