OpenOffice has been recently released. It’s just incredible how a free and an opensource project can be so powerful. I’ve been a Word user for many years now, but having used OpenOffice Writer a couple of times, I must admit that it overpasses Word in many areas. OpenOffice is cross platform, has an open document format which is the de-facto standard used by Oasis, and it will be the standard in a near future. If Word wants to stand any chance to survive it will have to support the opendocument format. People are fed up with bugs and crashes.
What’s really incredible is that you have an overall office suite by no cost. It’s easily installed and voilà. Truly awesome. I recommend you to download it at http://www.openoffice.org.