I am aware of the likes of Abiword, Libreoffice etc. What I am asking is why dont computers come with a free version of MS Word generally? In addition to this, you pay more for multiple PCs and more again for business use.
Recently tried getting a new laptop from PC World despite poor experience with the shop (their products seem fine). I tried to explain that the person who wanted a computer required a word processor. The salesman just said it would require £60 per year or a £120 one off payment, which is ridiculous price. He also was only interested in trying to sell him other BS such as Mcafe antivirus subscription. Its not even that good an AV from what I heard, plus the free AVs out there seem adequate for home use in my experience.
As a result we didnt end up buying a computer in PC world, but ended up at an independent store that refurbishes computers. Ended up with a computer with win 7 and Microsoft Office Starter, which isnt available on the newer OSes AFAIK. Plus a computer with a genuinely fresh installation, no free trial crapware that comes on computers purchased at PC world.
You would think that if you buy a computer it would come with basics like this without having to pay even more. Why does a word processor require a subscription? How long will it be before we will end up having to pay annually just for the OS and its associated updates?