Summary: word is just the standard - i don't like the free tools like google docs or open office, too quirky for me.... word is where its at! i mean just because something is free doesn't mean its better... as one of the first word processors they just had a leg up on adding features and keeping the software awesome. imo they have done so. you don't find too many business people using free tools, word is where business is done.
Summary: The industry standard has some terrific features. . .I've dealt with versions in work and as a student since the mid-90's. . .I like the ease of adding tables in the new Word- big plus. But as others have complained- I have had small hiccups that I simply cannot expect from MicroSoft's gold-standard word processing software. Word is sooo close. . .can't they stop the bugs?
Summary: Microsoft Word 2003 became an industry standard as Microsoft Windows. No matter what you say about it, most of you will be still using it. Therefore, learning the program in depth will minimize the complication for its use. There is a space for improvement, and it might be reached in Microsoft Word 2007, which I have, but did not try yet. Program capabilities can be improved by additional plugins.
Summary: As Word seems to be the standard and a rather capable word processing program, it deserves no less than four stars on that basis alone. Word has all the bells and whistles that one would expect and need from a modern word processing program (of course), and it is relatively intuitive to the typical computer user. Moreover, as employers almost invariably ask for resumes in Word format, it (or a competitor that will save in Word format) is a necessity for this purpose.