David Einstein in his San Francisco Chronicle Computing Q&A column gives this tip :
Microsoft Office, which includes Word and Excel, continues to be the standard for creating and editing documents and spreadsheets — but it’s not the only game in town. OpenOffice, from openoffice.org, is a free suite that’s compatible with Microsoft Office and compares favorably to it.
Another option is a free online suite called Zoho Office, from zoho.com. Although still in beta phase, it’s pretty impressive. The word processor, for example, lets you create, edit and share documents online. It has lots of formatting features, and is compatible with Microsoft Word. You can even upload Word files from your computer so you can edit and store them online, and you can export (download) documents created in Zoho office to your computer as Word files. How cool is that?
Thanks, David & SF Chronicle!