Q: I read your recent article regarding using Microsoft Word without having to pay. I am in the situation where I often do not have internet/Wi-Fi or even phone service (on a private boat). I like Microsoft Word because Wi-Fi is not needed. I keep all of my recipes on Word and access them when I am in remote areas on the boat. Is there any way around having to pay for Word?
— Janet Kvistad
A: If you want the capabilities of Word, including the ability to work without an internet connection, without having to pay for Word, I recommend you take a look at OpenOffice.
OpenOffice is a free, open-source suite of productivity applications including a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager and a drawing program. The word processor is similar to Microsoft Word in appearance