14 Classic Tech Rivalries

Any old app can let you enter some characters, maybe italicize a few, and add some links. But if you want to do serious, manly work with office documents, you need Microsoft Office. Just try using mail merge on your documents in Google Docs. The feature doesn't exist, does it? Applying conditional formatting to your spreadsheets? Also AWOL. Creating a custom animation in your presentations? We didn't think so. Okay, so maybe you don't use these superpowers every day--but don't you want them to be there, ready to spring into action, when you do need them?

What's So Great About Google Docs?

Sure, Google Docs doesn't have all of the features of Microsoft Office. Today's animals aren't as big as the Tyrannosaurus Rex either, but we all know what happened to the Tyrant Lizard King. Plus, Google Docs has some cool features that Office doesn't--and they happen to be features you'll actually use, like the ability to get to your documents from any PC that has a Web connection. (You can even edit offline with Google Gears.) Another great feature is the ability to let friends and colleagues share and edit your documents without a hassle. Oh yeah, and did we mention it's free?

Netscape vs. Internet Explorer

What's So Great About Netscape?

Alas, poor Netscape has ceased to be. After debuting in 1994, Netscape (called Netscape Navigator starting with version 2.0) quickly became the most popular Web browser and helped turn a mostly text-based and underutilized global network of networks called the Internet into the hottest thing since (at the time) Tiffany-Amber Thiessen. Over the course of a byzantine series of version numbering systems and owners, Netscape gradually lost market share, but eventually it inspired the open-source Mozilla and Firefox browsers.

What's So Great About Internet Explorer?

Because Internet Explorer is integrated with Windows, it's always there, it loads quickly, and it continues to be the most popular browser in use. Some Web site components, such as Netflix's Watch Instantly feature, are written to work exclusively with Internet Explorer (sorry, Mac users). IE 7 has incorporated a few key amenities from Firefox, too, including pop-up blocking and a tabbed interface. The current version of Microsoft's browser, IE 7, works well and becomes a necessity at Web sites that refuse to work with Firefox. At this rate, though, by the time IE 8 comes out, its features will be lagging years behind those of Mozilla's Firefox.

What's So Great About Nintendo?

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