I’m taking an online masters program that requires me to submit everything as a Word document, so I need to buy Microsoft Office. I can buy it through my university for $58. But for $10 more I can get the pro version.

Will I ever use the extra programs that come with the pro version?

26 years old
Neodesha, Kansas


If you’re concerned with price, use Google Docs. It’s free and lets you export in Word format.

Here are examples of some expensive programs, and the free online equivalents that I sometimes use:

Rock on,

11 Responses to “Werd”

  1. 1 Ahren December 4, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Also, if you need something that you can use offline try OpenOffice. It’s free and is the open-source answer to MS Word. Oh and you can save your documents as .doc files so you’re good to go.

  2. 2 Anonymous December 4, 2007 at 12:19 pm


  3. 3 NandoGnuLinux December 4, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    How about
    It´s a complete Office Suite but Free as in beer!
    You can work with .doc and .pdf among others.
    It rules! Same functions as MS Office, but free as in beer, oh, and free as in freedom too btw.

  4. 4 Anonymous December 6, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Fuckedcompany was free and a very valuable resource

    What plans does the creator, lord and master of all things FC have in store for FC?

  5. 5 Anonymous December 7, 2007 at 4:04 am

    OpenOffice/GoogleDocs suck. You’re in for a lot of pain if you use those in place of M$ Office. M$ Office is not free but it’s undeniably the best office suite out there currently. If you can get it for $58, I’d say go for it.

  6. 6 Smarter.Than.Pud December 12, 2007 at 3:21 am

    Pud, you have failed miserably this time. Google docs is worthless. If you can get MS Office Pro for 60 bucks do it! If not, download Open Office. The best Photoshop replacement is called Paint .NET. It is free and totally awesome.

  7. 7 Anonymous December 12, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I use OpenOffice in my ubuntu, it is soo cool, and works perfectly. I use Abiword also, and is very fast.


    If you think that OpenOffice sucks is because you have used office all your life, and you don’t want to use something new.

  8. 8 Bill Cash / billcash.org December 14, 2007 at 2:23 am

    I’m sorry, but you have to buy Office through Microsoft’s unadvertised “Ultimate Steal.” http://www.theultimatesteal.com. You get ALL of the Microsoft Office programs for $60, and all you need is a valid .edu e-mail address. I do love free (libre) software and am a big GNU/Linux buff in some ways, but this software absolutely does rock and the price is negligible. Office 2007’s ribbon blows OpenOffice out of the water.

  9. 9 Anonymous December 21, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Sigh. The only problem with OpenOffice is being used to it. If you’re used to M$ office, pay your Microsoft tax and get a bunch of retarded animated paperclip shit dancing in your face while you try to work for your trouble. Maybe you’re one of those sickos that LIKES distracting shit jumping up on top of their work. Not me. Microsoft also has an abysmal record on privacy.

    If you’re used to OpenOffice, then use that. The biggest problem is Microsoft’s installed fonts and poor formatting decisions on the part of the users. If you let the page ‘format its self’ WYSIWYG style, when the next person opens it, everything will be out of whack. Happens all the time with Word docs sent to me that I open in OpenOffice, and in files I’m not to careful about opened in Word. I usually just export things as PDF, anyway.

    I’ve used OpenOffice since the versions before Sun got hold of it, and I’m content with it. It does the job in Windoze, it does the job in Linux, it does the job on whatever machine I sit down in front of. The price is right, too.

    If for nothing else, be thankful OOo exists to drive Microsoft to more liberal licensing models that make it affordable. If they still had their ‘monopoly’ on this market, you’d still be paying $250 a pop for it.

    Google Docs does indeed ‘suck’ to a degree, but once again if you have a really snappy internet connection and are used to its UI, then it works ‘fine’ and the documents you save there are available on any other machine with an internet connection, and can be shared with other people on-line trivially.

  10. 10 BLuRry January 4, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Also, another option for graphics is Gimp. Even under windows it’s pretty bearable and has a lot of features packed in — though for more advanced stuff it has quite a learning curve. Still, for free it’s a bargain!

  11. 11 DW August 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    #5 Anonymous: Why would they be in a world of hurt? I use both on a daily basis and am feeling no hurt. Explain?

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