There is a program called StarOffice 5.0 for Linux which is #1- 100% free (A 60 meg
download though) and it is a complete clone of MS Office, with Word, Powerpoint,
Excel and Access clones. You can even open and convert Office documents. There are a
bunch of other Office clones in the works out there in the Linux world. I highly
recommend you get a version of linux and install it alongside your windows system, then
you have the choice to dual boot the computer if you trash linux or don't like it you can
just reboot back into windows. I found however that after 2 or 3 months I don't even boot
the windows system anymore.
Offered by Rob.