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Word processing and spreadsheets in Windows 8

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amicissimma Tue 15-Jan-13 17:41:13

Does anyone know of a good program that will allow editing of Word docs and Excel spreadsheets in Windows 8 (computer version)?

It has something called Nitro Pro 7 pre-installed, which let me at a pdf document in a hurry, but it's only a 60 day trial and looks expensive to buy.

There's online talk of Office 2013 but it doesn't seem to be available in the UK. And no hint of the price.

I think I've installed Adobe reader for pdf, but don't know what to do about the Office stuff.

(Windows 8 is an uphill struggle, but I think I'm winning. Why have they developed an OS that requires umpteen third party apps for a normal human being to use it?)

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Tue 15-Jan-13 19:17:48

Umpteen third party apps? I haven't found that at all. I'm using Office 2010 with Windows 8 and 2007 will run too (not sure about older versions but I can't see why not) . Do you have either of these?

If not, then OpenOffice do a free suite of compatible applications.

I actually love Windows 8 as a desktop OS. It's stylish, fast, smooth and pretty easy to use. Not sure if I'd want it on a tablet just yet, but as an upgrade to Win7 I think it's great!

ladyWordy Tue 15-Jan-13 19:19:02

.. Is there any reason not to use MS Office 2010? It works on Windows 8.
(I don't really rate Windows 8 either...!)

niceguy2 Tue 15-Jan-13 22:54:26

Personally I've switched to using Kingsoft Office 2012

It's free and looks/feels exactly like Microsoft Office. The only difference is the free version doesn't have that ribbon bar interface which most people (including me) hate anyway so it's actually a bonus!

It does everything I need and it's much smaller to download and install.

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Tue 15-Jan-13 23:11:49

You can't hate the ribbon! It's especially good for Excel/Access development cos you can build much more professional looking interfaces into it!

amicissimma Thu 17-Jan-13 20:53:19

Thanks,niceguy2. I'll have a look at that. I'm coping with Open Office but it struggles with some documents, specially .docx files.

I suspect you might be more technically minded than I am, Pedro. I simply want to use my computer as a means to do various tasks (with a bit of Minesweeper, Freecell and MN while I wait for things to happen), with the facilities I need clearly presented, and have no interest in all the wonderful things offered in a load of tiles (mostly banished at last) and the way I use video and my email dictated to me.

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