I'm always one to support competition and I recently found a very nice alternative to Microsoft Office. It's called Lotus Symphony and what makes it interesting is it's FREE! It's in beta but it's pretty polished.
I assume most of us who write blogs are a bit geeky and enjoy playing with new "toys" so I thought it would be worthwhile sharing this one if you haven't heard about it yet. I downloaded it this past weekend after listening to a Leo Laporte podcast and have been using it instead of my Word and Excel 2000 and I am very impressed.
I always like trying new open source products like Open Office.org and Mozilla products because they seem to be on the cutting edge of developing new technology and push Microsoft to improve their products.
Give it a try.