I felt a bit cheated when I paid £20 for MS Works for the sole reason that I need MS Word - only to find a simplified version included that apparently formats docs such that they do not always open correctly in Word (or vice-versa). I've just discovered that I needed to buy MS Works S u i t e to get Word proper. Has this always been the case or is Bill trying to carve out new market segments?...
Apart from Open Office click here there are other alternatives. If all you need is basic wordprocessing with spell-check, Jarte click here is a step up from Wordpad, and can also save documents in Word 6.0 for Windows or Rich Text Format.
If you need graphics, tables, etc., as well as paragraph styles, simple mail merge, and full text formatting power, try Serif Page Plus SE from click here
You may never need to use Word again. I only use Open Office when people send me Word documents that Wordpad cannot open.
BTW. This is what it says about Works 8.0:
Collaborate with ease - Works 8 lets you read and edit Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, so it's easy to exchange files and collaborate with friends and family.
Fellsider - its good to hear that you've not had problems with opening files. It was this review click here that gave me concerns (find: 'conversion woes' on this page). The reason this is an issue is that on occasion I need to email Word docs to others for academic or work-related purposes, and I may receive Word docs back. Still I did recently load OpenOffice in order to view some Powerpoint files, so that might prove useful in this context too, as long as formatting doesn't change.
(I'm all for avoiding MS software where possible, due to the extortionate prices - Serif PagePlus is an exellent cheap replacement for MS Publisher, for example.)
When I bought my previous PC it came with Word 2000 already installed - I just never suspected that the fact it came as part of Works 'Suite' meant the wordprocessor was better than what comes with Works per se.
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