I just helped my neighbor purchase a new computer. She only uses her machine for email and writing letters, so we bought an Acer Inspire machine that came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. I know almost nothing about Windows 8. (I use Windows 7). We figured out how to get the computer to boot to the desktop so it looks more like Windows Vista. I wanted to download a copy of Open Office for her so that she doesn't have to buy Microsoft Office just to write letters. Is program installation on Windows 8.1 basically the same as Vista and 7? In other words...just download the install file to the desktop and then execute it?
Also, what is a good, free, email program that is easy to use. (I use Window Live Mail, myself, but it may have more features than she needs and she doesn't understand "computers" too well).