What don't we have to buy?
Efficient Law Office Consulting: November 2005 Lawyers, it seems, aren't too happy -- as most folk aren't -- with software that doesn't integrate with what they already have, and which has to be upgraded before the office even understands how to use the current version. Unfortunately for the Lawlady and others, that situation is about to get worse. Software as a whole is going to annual versions, and even worse -- for the consumer, while better for the software manufacturer -- entertaining the subscription model.
Replace Microsoft Office with OpenOffice and you can step off the upgrade merry-go-round. Plus you get both standard OASIS office document formats, and the ability to read and write MS Office documents. Not bad for $free.
Microsoft was wanting the move MS Office customers to a subscription model, but I think that notion is now pretty near dead.