Advertisements Some people use OpenOffice (free ), some MS Office (excuse me, how much? ). For some it's worth it. It's an open market - the price is as high as people are willing to pay. I don't think this discussion leads anywhere, really. Whatever your preference is - the solution is available. You want to get some $$ saved at a cost of straining your brain and hands a little - go DIY. If you want to reduce finger movements to a minimum - go pre-installed.