I´m a MapInfo user, I´ve gone over to QGIS and it´s got a lot going for it, except for some "missing" simple features from MapInfo I just can´t do without.
MapInfo Boundary Select - spatial query on the fly to select objects in one layer contained within objects in another layer.
MapInfo Sum Attributes - show sum of numerical attribute fields on the fly for selected objected.
QGIS seems to have no simple solution to these. I've tried to dig out every related plugin I can find, with no real luck.