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Posted: 12/3/2007 10:31:53 AM EDT
I bought a new HP laptop, and my trial period of Microsoft Office Word 2007 has expired. I didn't really care for the new version in the first place, so I've decided not to buy it. Can anyone recommend a good, free word processor?
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:32:25 AM EDT
Open Office
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:32:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:32:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:33:22 AM EDT
OpenOffice.org. It has pretty much all the functionality of MS Office and without the damn annoying paperclip. I use it even though I could get MS Office through my school for almost nothing. And you can save in MS Office formats for compatibility.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:47:40 AM EDT
Got mine 38 years ago.

Sorry, took a nap and woke up a smartass.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:51:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zack3g:
www.openoffice.org


yep.

Good stuff, and the price is right.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:00:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tinmann:
Sorry, took a nap and woke up a smartass.


HAHAHAHAHA!

Well done.

~GnSx

P.S.: One more vote for Open Office
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:20:58 AM EDT
google docs (docs.google.com) is free, your docs are accessible anywhere you can get internet, and is adequate for many simple tasks. No software installation is necessary, it's all web based.

StarOffice is Sun's "productized" Open Office, if you felt the urge to pay a little money and get support. It's mostly the same as open office. There is a free version if you don't want to pay for the support.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:37:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dwkennedy:
google docs (docs.google.com) is free, your docs are accessible anywhere you can get internet, and is adequate for many simple tasks. No software installation is necessary, it's all web based.

StarOffice is Sun's "productized" Open Office, if you felt the urge to pay a little money and get support. It's mostly the same as open office. There is a free version if you don't want to pay for the support.



privacy issues...
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:38:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dwkennedy:
google docs (docs.google.com) is free, your docs are accessible anywhere you can get internet, and is adequate for many simple tasks. No software installation is necessary, it's all web based.

StarOffice is Sun's "productized" Open Office, if you felt the urge to pay a little money and get support. It's mostly the same as open office. There is a free version if you don't want to pay for the support.



StarOffice is 100% Open Office.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:47:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By natedog375:
I bought a new HP laptop, and my trial period of Microsoft Office Word 2007 has expired. I didn't really care for the new version in the first place, so I've decided not to buy it. Can anyone recommend a good, free word processor?


About the only one out there for Windows is OpenOffice...

Used to be StarOffice, and was pretty bad back then, but they've had a good 5+ years to make it better...

The key is MS Office compatibility...

The big draw-back on development impetus is that most non-business Windows users just pirate MS Office, rather than using an alternative...
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:48:10 AM EDT
If you want only a word processor and not an entire office suite, you might also take a look at AbiWord. It's free and open source and has many nice features including Microsoft Word compatibility, but it's not anywhere close to the size or resource usage of the monolith that is OpenOffice.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:49:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 11:50:37 AM EDT by npd233]

Originally Posted By tinmann:
Got mine 38 years ago.
i16.photobucket.com/albums/b6/dlaaw/brain2.jpg
Sorry, took a nap and woke up a smartass.


Abby Normal

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:50:01 AM EDT
+1 on Open Office.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 1:48:32 PM EDT
Another +1 for Open Office
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