swa66 - 3:12 pm on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
>>Sure OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Google Docs and the like are fine if you're only using it yourself or collaborating with others using the same software.
False. That's an excuse.
I've seen way to many problems with OpenOffice and the like to willingly go there. Sure enough it's difficult enough to get MS Office to open a document without screwing it up - esp if some moron opens it up with an old version, edits a few letters and then sends it back: all your work destroyed ... With OpenOffice and the like it's even a lot worse.
How recent did I try it: 2011 - before being forced to buy a whole lot Office for Mac 2011 licenses anew as MSFT decided there would be no upgrade path from Office for mac 2008 to the 2011 versions (Home & Business licenses so they're not cheap - by far not).
I'm sorry but screwing up a title page of a customer's layout and you not even knowing it did it and then handing it back is a no go: you just insulted the customer.