For a long time I avoided installing Microsoft Office at home, and instead opted for the free alternatives – e.g. Open Office or Libre Office. They had mostly the same functionality, and could open Office files (although there were occasionally issues with the formatting).
Two recent developments made me change my mind.
- Price. Although not a fortune, it was a bit too much for the privilege of working at home. However, as a member of staff at the University of Derby you can now buy the full Microsoft Office suite for £8.95. Visit this link to find out more: https://udo.derby.ac.uk/sites/projects/Sites/windows7/Lists/Announcements/DispForm.aspx?ID=10
- PDF Output. Office 2010 now also supports (which Open Office always used to) saving documents as PDFs. For example , to save a Word document as a PDF you simply click on the File tab, choose Save As, and choose pdf from the Save as type list.