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    Getting Microsoft Word on Dell computer?

    About two years ago, we bought a Dell computer that had XP on it. But, it didn't include MSWord. It has Wordperfect. Since Word is more integrated into all Microsoft software, we need Word as well. Do I have to buy Word. Or, is there a way to get it without buying it?

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    I think you'll have to purchase it. You can read word documents with the word viewer for free:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

    You can get a 30 day trial of the Office 2003 suite for free:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/edit...nfo/trial.mspx


    Or you can purchase it on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/OFFICE-2003-PROF...QQcmdZViewItem

    $135 free shipping (but you might want to research that a bit more)

    Or check out price grabber:

    http://ostg.pricegrabber.com/search_...sterid=664448/


    What do you want to do with Word that you cannot do with wordperfect, if you don't mind me asking?

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    Or you can go the OpenOffice route. It's free and completely compatible.

    http://www.openoffice.org/

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    MS has discontiniued Word as a single product I believe the cheapest way to get it is with MS Works which is total crap.

    OpenOffice is great but if you find it too large and you're only after a word processor then you could always give AbiWord a try. Although both of the aforementioned are 90% Word compatable I do recommend downloading MS Word Viewer 2003 which is free (as in no $) for viewing the final 10% of documents that won't display properly in the alternatives.

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    If you opt for MS Word, then as the posters above say, you'll have to buy it as part of a package.

    If you have any connection with education, you should qualify for the Microsoft Office Student & Teacher edition, which includes Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint as well as Word.

    In the UK, one of the cheapest sources is Amazon where it is about £90 delivered.

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