The very fact that those fuckwits at micropenis will DELIBETATELY make formats incompatibile with previous versions of THEIR OWN SOFTWARE (So that you will have to pay to buy the new version), put me off a LONGGGGGGGG time ago.[/quote]Well you can always “Save as Office XP” so people who haven’t upgraded can read your document OK.
You prefer Open Office, but is it the best choice in terms of simplicity and compatibility? That’s what I really need to know.[/quote]
The honest answer is that if you want simplicity and compatibility, Microsoft Office will be better, as most docs will be sent to you (or you’ll send to other people) in that particular format. Even if Open Office is actually BETTER, since most people use Microsoft, it is not currently the best option as far as compatibility is concerned.
If money doesn’t worry you, then I’d (reluctantly) say go with the Microsoft option.
BUT… in the meantime, please install Open Office and give it a good go for a few months. Half the simplicity problem is because people are used to the Microsoft interface, NOT because Microsoft is actually easier to use.