… I’m talking about the “office suite” known as Microsoft Works. I’m not suggesting that Microsoft works.
Increasingly, more an more people don’t know what Microsoft Works is because it has fallen into increasing obscurity. It is a kind of office suite that has a word processor, spread sheet, and maybe some other stuff. It is very inexpensive compared to, say MS Office.
In years gone by I’ve taught a number of classes designed for High School Teachers. I discovered that a lot of teachers used MS Works. I discovered this the hard way when I started receiving assignments and other documents in a format that could not be opened by any software on my computer (then a Windows computer). At that point in time, anyway, even Microsoft Office would not read Works files.
The reason that I even mention this is because Microsoft is now launching, mainly overseas (which to MS means outside the US) a version of Works (SE) that shows ads while you are using it. This makes it free for computer manufacturers to add to the other annoying and useless crap they bundle on the hard drive of your new computer.
I also mention this because if you use Microsoft Works, please understand that nobody else uses it any you won’t be able to exchange files with other people. And people will think you are a dweeb, even if you are not. (I quickly add to the person who just last week sent me a Works document: I do not think you are a dweeb!)
In addition, I have a recommendation for those who wish to have a full featured, stable, powerful word processor, spread sheet, etc. and would prefer to pay a very low price for it: OpenOffice. It runs on Windows, Mac and Linux machines and is quite nice. You can get more information about it here.