Saturday, July 30, 2005

New Excel For School Students?

"In many households, homework is a big problem. Teachers often load up students with far more of it than I recall from my own prehistoric school career. And parents, squeezed for time by dual careers and rusty because of rapidly changing curricula, find it is hard to help.

Taking note of this daily homework battle, Microsoft has decided to help - or at least to see whether it can make some money by addressing the problem. The software colossus has just introduced Microsoft Student 2006, designed to make it easier for middle-school and high-school students to attack homework efficiently by gathering homework resources in one place on the computer." by Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal.

Well there are mixed reviews on this new product from Microsoft. It cops a pasting in the article above and a positively lukewarm reception at TrustedReviews.com.

To me its seems like a thin veneer over existing programs such as Excel, Word etc. It dosen't make sense that you'd buy this program, if all the information was already easily availble on the net, mostly for free, or more than likely on already owned software on your home computer. So no its not a new Excel for School Students, its just some templates which might come in handy. Teach your kids to do it themselves I say!

Ossie