Just nice to be reminded that there are alternatives.
An implicit message that I want to highlight is the issue of taking control of your own work environment. It is a personal computer after all. Even if you choose or have to stay with Microsoft products, that shouldn’t preclude your taking the time to make them work the way that best suits your needs.
BTW, that’s the logic behind why I shelled out my own money to add ActiveWords to my computing mix. I don’t use it anywhere near to its full potential, but even the little productivity gains and friction eliminators mean that I pay for ActiveWords in about half a day.