I’ve seen this come up a few times and I know many experienced marketers are well aware of this tool, but I just wanted to bring it up again because seeing Microsoft’s prices for the new “Office” series made my stomach turn. $149 for the regular “Home and Student” Office product, and $679 for the “Ultimate” product.

It better be pretty ultimate for that price. I don’t use Office-related programs too much, so I’m guessing it would be a waste of money me. The basic Word and Excel just fine – I like simplicity. But, I’m not willing to dish out $149 for the “barebones” version of Microsoft Office…

I’m going to be honest – I didn’t even look at the features for the “Ultimate” version of Office. I’m sure a lot of people didn’t. I already have my copy of “Office” and it didn’t cost a cent…

The simple solution is using a product called OpenOffice. It’s an open-source, free version of Microsoft’s Office series. It includes “word,” “powerpoint,” “excel,” and more. I put the names in quotes because OpenOffice names the programs differently for copyright purposes.

If you want to download it, go here:
>> http://openoffice.org

I would’ve loved to have known about this resource a couple of years sooner, since I was suffering with plain old Wordpad. In addition, the “Word” program in OpenOffice has the ability to convert documents to PDF in one click. Now that’s simple. All of the reports we sell on IMsimple.com are compiled with OpenOffice’s PDF converter. It works great.

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