16th December 2011
If you have just bought a new pc and have discovered that it only comes with a 30 day trial of MS Office you may be looking for a cheaper alternative. Two very good alternatives are
Open Office is free to download and is very similar to use to MS Office 2003 and is compatible with all other major office suites
Google Documents is also free to use, all you need to do is register for a free Google account. As this is a completely online solution there is no need to install anything. You can also use it on any other computer simply by logging and all your document will be there. It works in much the same way as other word processors etc. and has many of the usual features.