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Pay Twice the price of Ability Office at Tesco

Tesco plans to sell a rebadged version Ability Office suite (opens in new tab) for around £20 (most probably £19.99).

Openoffice.org users will rightly point out that OO.org offers a larger set of features and costs nothing.

The cheapest version, Ability Basics, comes without a presentation module or a database application and you will have to fork extra for them.

And Tesco won't be selling the cheapest version of Ability as well. Computer Parts Cellar is selling the Ability Office Professional (opens in new tab) OEM version for £12.99 while another e-tailer Eclipsecomputers (opens in new tab) is selling the OEM Basic version for a mere £6.99.

The only real advantage that comes with the Tesco-branded software is the fact that it comes with 180 days of UK-based email support. Ability does provide with support through its Knowledge base.

So whether you want to buy Ability Office or if you want to go Open Source and try Openoffice.org, Tesco is clearly not the best way to go.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.