Linux4Ever, to the Linux section of Bleeping Computer Forums!
I agree with you in full, no more than I have to send anything these days, either LibreOffice does the job, or the 'Reply' tab on the email itself. Actually use Office software maybe 5-6 times a year, at the most, so LIbre more than meets the need. We actually have two groups of Microsoft Office users whom also runs Linux, or Windows for that matter, as LibreOffice installs on these OS's also.
1) The ones who says that they need MS Office, w/out giving a thought about any other alternative, period (the majority).
2) The few who actually needs MS Office over a couple of features (the needle in the haystack).
3) Peer pressure & propaganda by Microsoft & Apple (or those acting on their behalf) prevents consumers from running LInux or LibreOffice.
With that said, and I know this to be fact (as in I know the folks), there are Windows users (non-business ones) who won't budge on MS Office, saying 'there's no other alternative', 'anything that's Free isn't worth having', among other comments I cannot quote here, due to the nature of what was stated. This is the group this Tutorial is targeted towards.
The 2nd fact is, that these are the same ones who refuses to run Linux period, though one relative ran it on my desktop for over an hour while at the same time calling LInux 'garbage', even though it was running like a race horse & she had commented several times that my PC was very fast. When she got through, signed out & left the browser open. I asked her to take a peek at something. Minimized Google Chrome, and there was that 'garbage' she refused to run. She asked 'What is that?'. I told her, Linux Mint, part of that garbage she said she'd never run & her jaw dropped.
Though she's never asked me to install Linux for her, at least that put her in her place, in fact, asked me to install it on a friend's notebook, where she had lost her Windows 7 DVD. Though I have an AIO one, that has all 5 editions, in addition to Retail, Upgrade, OEM & Refurbished PC's (it's not a top level secret as to how to make one), I played stupid & installed Linux Mint MATE x64 on it & she's been thrilled. Loves the no cost LibreOffice, and now the relative who called it all garbage has to hear it from her friend, who in fact does use LibreOffice heavily & loves not having to 'upgrade' to a newer MS Office nearly every other year. There's the Microsoft Fonts package that can be installed, if needed.
Since there's been a new WINE release after this Tutorial was created, MS Office should run good within it.
Just be sure to run some security, if nothing else, learn to use the Linux ones inbuilt, or can be added to the distro. Every day that MS Office is ran, be sure not to forget to run it afterwards.