I adapted almost Microsoft software in Taiwan. While Surfing uses Microsoft Internet Explorer, you Got Mail by Outlook Express and arranging the schedules by Office and Outlook, there are all the product of Microsoft. Rarely other origins of software are in my desktop.
Because, there are very few information about other hybrid and some kind easy-going by inertia and no time for searching other alternatives. Just do it.
After visiting University Michigan, I had faced some problem in operating computers. The majority of computer in the Marlyn library and computer dens are MAC.
You can’t find any INTERNET explorer on their desk, it was somehow misery for me. They use the firefox instead of IE, replace outlook express to thunderbird and change the schedule system into sunbird. These software was all new adventure for me. There are many students move these applications into windows environments. They operate the computer softwares at home. Maybe, these softwares are free for use, convenient and easy to adapt without learning another newer like outlook or explorer. Dr. Haefner use the groupwise developed by Novell to manage her email. There are a lot of variation in software.
The major problem is those applications are always with language of English. Just a little in Traditional Chines es version, those are. And, the policy of UM, using those can get rid of some copyright problems. UM can spend less money.
Now, I move the so many applications in my computers. That’s good. Everything goes smooth. Firefox for surfing, got mail by thunderbird and calendaring with sunbird. And easy to connect to UM information system is the best concerns.
Hybrid now and bring them back to Taiwan, then no payment for Microsoft.