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Offline StrawberryDreamTopic starter

Microsoft Word
« on: December 07, 2014, 10:46:06 PM »
I need word on my computer but all I see is Office and you have to pay monthly. I normally use Google Drive but I need Word for school sometimes. Can anyone help me? I have a Windows 8 computer.

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Re: Microsoft Word
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 12:14:44 AM »
OpenOffice is free and does the same job as the Microsoft suite. :-)

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Re: Microsoft Word
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 02:09:35 AM »
+1 to Lilas - OpenOffice is great. And the files are saved in the same way, so if you send in an assignment via e-mail to your professor that you wrote in OpenOffice, they are able to open it in Word.

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Re: Microsoft Word
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 05:30:00 AM »
Open Office is good, but just remember to save it as .doc/.docx and not .odt in the "Save As" menu.  I have no issues when I receive .odt files, but some people less familiar with computers have trouble opening these files in Word (either have a very old version of Word, or don't have the necessary add-on, etc.). 

Also, check with your campus bookstore, there is a very good chance you can buy MS Word for $10-15 dollars through your college.
« Last Edit: December 08, 2014, 05:31:48 AM by Valthazar »

Offline consortium11

Re: Microsoft Word
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 06:08:16 AM »
As well as OpenOffice there's also LibreOffice; for the vast majority of word processing you'll barely notice a difference between the two but Libre is updated somewhat more frequently and has a number of functions I find useful.

Both give you pretty much all the functionality of Microsoft Office (especially the word processing) but for free. As Valthazar mentions you'll need to make sure you do a "save as" and change the file type to .doc/.docx if you want people who use Word to be able to display your files but otherwise there's no real drawbacks.

The change of Microsoft Office to a subscription format is known as Office 365 and follows a trend within software licensing to move to a recurring rather than one-off payment model. I don't have access to the US site but on the UK one you can still buy office as a one-off (the basic version containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote is £110). Perhaps of more use to you may be Office Online; it's an online Microsoft Office suite that's free; although I don't use it so I can't attest to its usability.

As you're a student Valthazar's mention of buying Word through your college is a good option to look at. Alternatively Microsoft also offer a student version of Office 365 (at least in the UK) which gives you four years of a full Office Suite (and some other benefits) for £60.