Microsoft Word. Many people have a love/hate relationship with it. It’s fairly easy to use, very versatile, and works with many other Microsoft products. It’s also expensive, and the Microsoft people are (somewhat understandably) paranoid about piracy. And-- what do you do if you want to use it on your home computer and your laptop, or if you want to collaborate on a project with somebody who doesn’t have Word?
Zoho Writer might be the answer you didn’t know you were looking for. It’s a free Web-based word-processing program. It can work with Word and OpenOffice documents, and you can store projects on the Web and work collaboratively on projects with other people.
From their website:
Access from anywhere.
Access, edit, share documents from anywhere.
Create and edit documents your way.
Create, edit and re-format documents using our WYSIWYG editor.
Collaborative editing of documents.
Allow multiple users to work on a document simultaneously.
Load your existing documents.
Import Microsoft Word (DOC), OpenOffice text (ODT & SXW), HTML,
RTF, JPG, GIF PNG files.
Share, don't attach.
Share documents with your friends or publish them for public view.
Zoho Writer is fairly versatile, although probably not as versatile as Word. But it just may have all the features you actually need and use, and at a price that anybody can afford!