open office click here is by far the best free office site and like oldbeefer2 says is compatable to MS office it is very easy to use and very good software all round of course is u like MS office u can download the trail and get a crack aswell, google also does a office suite but unsrue as to price and how good it is.
woodchip. Agreed but same applies to most suites - best to use RTF if sending text files to another. My lotus 123 opens Excel files ok and I am so used to the classic version and its macros I cannot face the learning curve of a switch! Also I can link 123 to Freelance (I think a bit like Powerpoint?) Maybe I'll face a change one day, but have used lotus for over 15 years !