Well, my previous post gave me an idea for Try-It Tuesday.
If you can't afford the latest software from Microsoft - Word, Excel, PowerPoint - you should give OpenOffice.org a try. As I said, it is free and easy to use, and comparable to leading office software suites like Microsoft Office.
I am copying this information from their website:
OpenOffice.org 2 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
So, yeah, you can use it for documents created in Word or Excel, and you can save your documents so people with MS Office can read them. You can save them other ways too.
It's open-source software, which I THINK means that if you are a software developer, you can edit the source code yourself to make modifications. It also means the software will always be free.
More from their site:
OpenOffice.org 2 is free software. That means you are free to download it, free to install it on as many PCs as you like, free to pass copies to as many people as you like. You may use OpenOffice.org 2 for any purpose without restriction: private, educational, public administration, commercial... Free, really free.
Did I mention it was FREE?
Are you convinced to download it yet?