I agree, Openoffice is a much better alternative. Not that office is a bad program mind its just that it costs money, money you dont have to pay.
Don't be fooled by terms like 'industry standard' or ''Office compatable' and 'integrated' fact is you can do just as well with openoffice.
Get Openoffice you save/open word files with ease , and it will always be free.
"Those who ask a lot of questions may seem stupid, but those who don't ask questions stay stupid"