AbiWord is free MS alternative

AbiWord is free MS alternative

There are 12 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jul 12, 2008, titled AbiWord is free MS alternative. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

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Long Beach, CA

#1 Jul 12, 2008
Hi Steven,
Your headline is misleading. The acronym for Microsoft Word is NOT MS. MS is the acronym for Multiple Sclerosis. I opened your article to do research on MS, and read about a software program.


#2 Jul 16, 2008
Hi, you mention that AbiWord isn't 100 percent compatible with Microsoft Word. Which version do you refer to? I worked with Microsoft Word 97, 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007, and they aren't 100 percent compatible between each other eiher! And then there are the Microsoft Office for Mac versions, bringing their own set of differences.

But don't worry, if you are in need of reading and printing any Microsoft Word document and AbiWord doesn't do the trick, just use Microsofts Viewer for Word, Excel, Powerpoint or Visio, they are Freeware:

Microsoft Word Viewer 2003 with Office 2007 compatibility pack

Thanks for your fine article, best wishes, Patrick (from germany)
Christoher R Halbersma

Columbia, MO

#3 Sep 10, 2008
Good stuff

Spokane, WA

#4 Sep 21, 2008
Can someone please tell me where I can download a free mini-word processing program that allows one to scroll using the home and end keys? Another nice feature I'd like is for it to be able to use tables in it too.

Woodstock, Canada

#5 Dec 16, 2008
I have tried Abiword and it is not bad. It seems to have stopped development for OS X that for me is a bit of a sad thing. OOo is too bloated to work quickly on the old Macs.

If running Windows and looking for a really nice lightweight in terms of resource use but not basic features is Jarte. It is an overlay using the Windows Wordpad engine. Opens fast, easy to use and will do most of what 95+% of what persons do with a wordprocessing application. There is a free download version and a paid version. They are functionally the same except for some addins such as on the fly spell check. For the $19, it is more a thank you than a real cost. I bought it and use it in the office for much of my work to free computer resources. As it is based on WordPad engine it seems to freeze and crash less than OOo, and MS Office on all 3 of my MS computers.
Ken Dine

Cypress, CA

#6 Jan 7, 2009
Debbi wrote:
Hi Steven,
Your headline is misleading. The acronym for Microsoft Word is NOT MS. MS is the acronym for Multiple Sclerosis. I opened your article to do research on MS, and read about a software program.
Hi - I doubt if there's any copyright on the "MS" acronym, but you are correct, because the proper acronym for mickey-$oft is "M$" and not MS.
Interested Observer

Melville, NY

#7 Mar 7, 2009
Great to see free programs like this get their due.
Microsoft Word is a great program, but during these economic times, any free alternative that fits the bill is welcome.
Interested Observer

Melville, NY

#8 Mar 7, 2009
P.S. Debbie, you are mistaken, dear.
Within the world of computing software, MS is universally recognized as initials for Microsoft.
As I'm sure you know, the same initials mean different things depending on context.
I guess some people also become upset when searching for information on gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and call up a story about Troops (GI's) fighting in Iraq!
mystery vann

Toledo, OH

#9 May 20, 2009
It is quick and easy. Doesn't work as good , but it's free and most of all it gets the job done!
AbiWord User 1

Rolling Meadows, IL

#10 Jun 8, 2009
I've used AbiWord for about a year now and I am very pleased with it. It has pretty much every feature that I use regularly for word processing. The "full screen mode" feature is especially useful on netbooks or computers with small screens. It is also possible to run Abiword from a flash drive if you want the program itsefl to be portable.

Brea, CA

#12 Dec 20, 2009
I've been using AbiWord for several months & find that it works just as well as OpenOffice but is much lighter & faster. The only OO feature I used that AbiWord doesn't have is the ability to customize the spellcheck word list so that it automatically replaces abbreviations with the desired words. Easier access to support or a user forum would be a plus, too, for questions & suggestions.

Poprad, Slovakia

#13 Feb 23, 2010
I am not using AbiWord only from one reason. Because under Windows looks ugly as hell.

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