December 27th, 2005, 02:49 AM
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?
December 27th, 2005, 03:36 AM
I think you'll have to purchase it. You can read word documents with the word viewer for free:
You can get a 30 day trial of the Office 2003 suite for free:
Or you can purchase it on ebay:
$135 free shipping (but you might want to research that a bit more)
Or check out price grabber:
What do you want to do with Word that you cannot do with wordperfect, if you don't mind me asking?
December 27th, 2005, 13:19 PM
Old and Cranky
Or you can go the OpenOffice route. It's free and completely compatible.
December 27th, 2005, 13:57 PM
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.
December 28th, 2005, 09:36 AM
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.
December 28th, 2005, 12:11 PM