Open Office:
Don’t fancy spending the price of a holiday on Microsoft Office? Nor me. Today I installed the v2.0 beta of Open Office; the freeware ‘open source’ replacement for Microsoft’s Office suite. It opens and saves MS Office file formats, writes PDF files (without needing Acrobat), and exports to Flash .swf’s. The new interface is slicker, it seems stable, and the install is much easier than v1.0. The only drawback I can see is for dial-up users; Open Office is an 80Mb+ download. I suggest spending a fiver on a CD (it’s also sold for a few pounds on eBay).