Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool. It's simple enough for a quick memo, but powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, etc. You're free to concentrate on your message, while Writer will make it look great.
- It is cross platform which is very useful when you need to edit a document in either windows, gnu/linux, and mac. Microsoft Office is not able to run on gnu/linux for now.
- If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative!
- It has virtually everything that MS Word does with exception of the most exotic functions - but it's 100% Open Source and 100% free.