Just a note that Open Office is NOT 100% compatible with Word.
It's very frustrating when I hire someone who doesn't have Word. I don't like MS products anymore than you do, but after years of people telling me they used Word & not Word Perfect, I finally had to switch (that was around 5 years ago). Business & time was more important than my distaste for MS.
The one thing I love about the program is their Track Changes feature. If you pass documents back & forth between 2 or more people to edit, I highly recommend you learn how to use this feature. I can even send you our instruction doc if you are interested.
I know Google Docs sort of has that feature (I think), but it isn't anywhere near like the Word feature.
Anyway back to why I posted...
When people use OO, so far I've had problems with:
Track Changes. Either they can't see my changes or I can't see theirs, or they can't see the comment bubbles, etc. This causes major problems.
The other week I had a problem with someone I sent our company invoice to which was created in Excel. He filled it out, sent it back to me & the entire thing was unreadable. All the graphics, columns, etc. were gone.
This is very frustrating b/c we as a company have to accommodate everyone who refuses to get a copy (I don't care how you get it) of Word.
I don't care how techie a person's position is, Word is used all the time. Like right now I'm writing up all the features he needs to see to program an application for us & I know he's going to have questions & he's going to want to make notes & therefore I'm going to tell him he has to use Track Changes b/c that is the fastest most streamlined way to do that.
I will have to put my foot down at some point as it's not fair to us.
Not saying you have ever had these problems or will, just telling you what I've experienced. I wish people used other programs, but facts are facts, MS STILL dominates the market when it comes to their OS & Word & Excel. Everything else of their's I wouldn't touch with a 10 ft. pole