When I found that Microsoft Office 2000 would take 430mb of disk space (on a 15 gig drive) I began using Star Office 5.2. I went to Open Office (the open source version of Star Office) when there was no longer a Star Office freebie.
The EU by now has embraced Open Office as a practical free alternative to MS Office. Newer versions of Open Office now make it possible to password a Word document. And now the shoe is on the other foot with MS Office able to handle documents saved in Open Office’s native file format, .odt (open document text).
February 14, 2010