Still free, and still with easy to use features, and with my favourite native port-to-PDF capability, OpenOffice is still an amazing Office application, and my application of choice for word processing, spreadsheet and presentation functionality. All FREE!
There are few reasons that I can think of that a personal user, or SOHO user, would want to buy Microsoft Office, especially considering the full features that are offered in the OpenOffice suite. I have put together a list for students – see 5 ways to use OpenOffice.org for students. I have used it in both Linux and Windows and have found it to be robust, and have had little cause to miss or pine after MS Office.
Bravo to the OpenOffice team!