Fun With Word

Did you know about MS Word’s “markup” feature? It keeps track of your modifications so that you can see how a document changes over time.

That’s great if you’re collaborating with someone, but not so great if you’re sending the document to a client, the media, or other outsider. Utah-based UNIX vendor SCO Inc. learned this lesson when they recently announced a lawsuit against AutoZone Inc., a major user of Linux. It didn’t take long for CNet to learn that the complaint was actually prepared for use against Bank of America. Reporters were able to use Word’s features to show the previous defendant as well as just how much time writers spent on the draft.

Just something to keep in mind next time you’re e-mailing Word documents outside the company.

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