Ever get files emailed to you from your friends, coworkers, or RE office in Microsoft Office format, but can't open them? Maybe you had office on an old computer, but when you replaced it, didn't know you'd have to shell out for the latest version.
Well this might be a solution for you. The forever free open source Open Office from Sun Micro, makers of Java.
I have the MS Office software, but my better half has given this a shot, and seems to work well. Everything from powerpoint to xls spread sheets have worked fine. There's also a wizard to covert files from different formats, and you can also export to the universal Adobe Acrobat pdf format. One of his issues has been that people forget that not everyone has the MS software, and that they don't export the files to types that everyone can read, or have access to a free reader. What good is your info if your audience can't see it?
So might be something to check out......especially before buying additional licenses for the kid's laptops & desktops for $120. Can't be this price...FREE!