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Bring Back XyWrite

contributors@theatlantic.com (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Tom Scocca on the Microsoft program that needs to die:

Nowadays, I get the same feeling of dread when I open an email to see a Microsoft Word document attached. Time and effort are about to be wasted cleaning up someone's archaic habits. A Word file is the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. It's time to give up on Word. It took years for me to get to this point. 
I came of age with Word. It's the program I used to write my college papers, overcoming old-fashioned page counts with its magical font-switching technology: Times, tightly justified, if the writing was running too long; airily monospaced Courier if things were too short. In those days, Word was an obedient and resourceful servant. Today, it's become an overbearing boss, one who specializes in make-work. Part of this is Microsoft's more-is-more approach to adding capabilities, and leaving all of them in the "on" position. 
Yeah, it's a problem. As Tom later mentions, Word works just fine when you're working on something big and cumbersome like a book (which I happen to be doing) but I almost never use it for anything else. I'll be getting a Mac soon and likely transitioning into something else.

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