Pros Powerful, intuitive, accurate, feature rich, always works -isn't MS Word
Cons Not used enough - have to send email attachments in pdf or doc
Summary I have to admit two things. 1. I've used WP ever since the first IBM PC so I am somewhat less than totally objective. 2. I really cannot say much about Presentations or Quattro because I don't use them - my clients use Powerpoint so that's all I use. And I cannot say anything about Outlook because I avoid it like the plague - it seems to be the preferred object of every worm and virus. That said, I can compare WP to MSW. As well as using WP for all my work, I have to use MSW on an almost daily basis to open academic doc format material.
WP is like a really good computer or my Lexus - in a way you don't notice it until you try something else. It is always there, reliable, elegant,easy to use, providing all the information you need (like whether or not you have saved a document and to where right at the top - one of the many lacks of MSW.) The spell-checker is better and more accurate than that in MSW - for example, I once accused a student of not having used a spellcheck because there was a nonword in his paper, but he was able to show me that MSW did not catch it as an error - though WP does. He now uses WP.
WP has something called "Reveal Codes" which allows you to see exactly how and why unexpected formatting occurs - especially when you cut and paste - which I do a lot - and you can fix almost anything quickly and easily. In MSW you have to guess.
As I said in the summary, the best thing about WP is that it is not MSW. It is not (yet) part of the Gates empire, for one thing, but MSW is kludgy, unintuitive (why would you look for line spacing under page rather than line ?), and buggy. It is forever demanding that you close other programs, find missing installation files (if the program has been installed in full, and mine has been, where did they go ?) and telling it cannot open because another file is open (neither of which turns out to be true.) MSW (all MS products actually) have a tendency to know what you want when you don't want it and to try and try to do it even when you have repeatedly cancelled the action. MSW has update after update, and, honestly, I have never seen any improvement, just a lot of hassle and often problems afterward. Finally, MS and MSW and Office are so security concious that the often because literally unfunctional even though you have done all the right things.
Good ole WordPerfect - once the world's standard. It still should be.
Pros Its an alternative to MS Office
Cons It only works with itself
Summary AVOID COREL!!!
WordPerfect and its associated programs are a terrible alternative to MS Office, which by far is built like a rock. You can't share files from them with associates or other groups without a huge hassle. Importing isn't much better.
This is just a typical offering from a company that takes even less care of its products and customers than Microsoft.
Pros reveal codes, toolbar customization, spreadsheet import to documents
Cons medium learning curve
Summary The functionality of Corel's Office Suite beats anything coming out of Redmond!! WordPerfect is the best word processor on the market, and I've used them all.
Reveal codes allows me to access, delete and redo any code. I can set every aspect of a document before I open it, and set the same for every document I open from now on. Nothing is beyond WordPerfect.
Quattro Pro is easy to use and accessible.
At a quarter of the price of Word alone, Corel's Office Suite with WordPerfect has 4 times the functionality.
Pros More intuitive and user-friendly than MS Word
Cons Large files may reveal flaws.
Summary I have always preferred WP over Word, but recently came up against an insurmountable problem. In trying to edit a 430-page document (contained no graphics, using WP 12.0, Win XP Pro, 1 GB RAM, Athlon 3200) my PC would freeze if I went through too many pages too fast. I could not return to my document, but had to start over. WP usually but not always kept up with my changes on a backuip file, but this was not a satisfactory solution. Also: This stop error would show up: 0xc2106815. Same would happen on two other PCs. Since this has been reported by several other users, I think I should inform readers that I gave up trying to fix this--haven't the time or patience--and converted my document into Word (Office 2003). In fact, I was surprised at how cleanly the entire document was imported into Word. I still prefer WP for shorter documents, but I can't risk messing up longer ones. This is probably a resource allocation error caused by what WP does to the XP registry. If anyone has a fix, please let me know. Otherwise, WP 12.0 is a superb package, far more ergonomic than Word, and a great value for the money.
Pros WordPerfect is hands dowm best word processor. WordPerfect is truely "What You See is What You Get(meaning no need to do a print preview)". More useful features than what is included in MS Word.
Cons Excel is probably the better spreadsheet. But don't rule out Quattro.
Summary I am not sure how IT managers got duped into selecting MS word over WP years ago. MS Word has always been feature poor whereas WP has always been feature rich. I guess the only saving grace of MS Office is that Excel is fairly strong.