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6 Top Alternative Tech Products for Lawyers

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on April 13, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

You were into the Microsoft Office Suite before it was cool; now you're looking for the next best thing. You're tired of the Apple fanboys and want to support the underdog. Or, you just really hate PowerPoint.

Don't worry, there are plenty of alternatives to dominant software out there -- good, often cheap, and sometimes free alternatives. So, if you want your law office to take the road less traveled by (technologically speaking), we're here to help you out. Here are our top alternative tech posts, from the FindLaw archives.

1. Goodbye Cruel Word: 5 Good Alternatives to Microsoft Word

There's no question that Microsoft Word is the go-to when it comes to word processing. But, having been released more than 30 years ago, Word is a bit of a tech dinosaur. If you want to help it go extinct, there are plenty of alternatives. These five alternative programs provide a functional replacement for Word, worthy of an adventurous, tech-savvy attorney.

2. Death Before PowerPoint: 7 New Options for Your Next Presentation

When it comes to monotonous, predictable, boring presentations, PowerPoint reigns supreme. Thankfully, there are plenty of exciting alternative options available. Programs like Prezi bring animation and style to presentations, while Bunkr makes integrating infographics a snap. But of course, the best alternative to PowerPoint is usually nothing. As Steve Jobs once said, "People who know what they're talking about don't need PowerPoint."

3. Three Viable Alternatives to iOS and Android

Sick of $600 iPhones and Google's endless data-mining? There are alternatives out there, really! While the U.S. phone market might be dominated by iPhones and Androids (and it is), you can still do well with a Windows phone, Blackberry, or even the Linux-powered Ubuntu.

4. Box Taking on Google Docs, Keep, Evernote With Box Notes

Back in the day, working on a shared doc usually meant emailing endless versions of .doc files back and forth. Thankfully, today there's the cloud. You can now store a document online and edit it with others, simultaneously and collaboratively. And while Google Docs and Evernote have dominated that tech space, Box Notes offers a promising alternative.

5. Microsoft Surface Tablet Could Be Better for Attorneys Than iPad

Apple's iPad is great for playing games and streaming movies. That's how it ended up taking over (and largely creating) the tablet market. But, when it comes to actually being productive, like writing a document or putting together a presentation, the iPad doesn't quite measure up. Thankfully, Microsoft's Surface can excel where the iPad fails.

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