Last night, I downloaded a free software office suite for my new netbook. The software is from OpenOffice.org -- I'll experiment with it this summer. Now, when there is no free wireless Internet access when I'm at conference hotels (like ALA Chicago Conference) or on the road, I should be able to write up my notes and reports so they are in an easy place for sending or posting. Time will tell. This is timely.
Microsoft won't be left behind! Apparently Microsoft is testing its own free downloadable version of MsOffice -- WORD and Excel. A technical preview version will be out this summer and a consumer version should be available in early 2010. It looks like the free Web version of Office 2010 will be supported by advertising.