Summary: Everywhere I looked for Microsoft Word was way too spensive, but Walmart has the best deal in price. The program is only to be use for words nothing else, no powerpoint or anything like that. I really just need words, not paying more for things I really dont use, my opinion. So if you want to do good looking writing and more, Words is the tool for that.
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?