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  • That was exactly the kind of expensive rigamarole that finally drove me to Open Office []. So far I'm pretty happy with it. Give it a whirl.

    • I'd love to use OO or AbiWord or a non-MS alternative but:
      • I need Access
      • I need to guarantee 100% compatibility with clients sending Office files
      • I need some of the Word features like revisions and track changes to work
      Until OO can manage this, I'm stuck with MS Office :(
      • Yep, I understand. MS Word's only good feature is the indispensable one: it'll open just about any other MS Word document.

        • MS Word's only good feature ... it'll open just about any other MS Word document.

          I certainly have not found that to be the case at all. Older versions of Word generally won't open files saved from newer versions. Also the default install of Office 2000 does not install the conversion tools to read older versions. Sure, it's possible to change the defaults or go back and install them later, but most people don't.

          And don't even get me started on migrating from Microsoft Works to MS Word.