As I write mostly for my own pleasure (no dreams of toppling JKR as yet) I used whatever the OME was that came with the various laptops I bought over the yeas. As time passed I tried: Rough Draft, Jarte, Abiword, Kingsoft writer, OpenOffice. Tried a free version of Ashampoo 18 and found it pretty close to word and so, having used word in various forms over the years I purchased a licensed copy os Asham at £14.00...I think? It can be a bit annoying in that some default options like say...Hyphenation are set to 'Always' so you have to reset to 'None' manually each time you start a new project. Other that that, I think it's pretty good and the support guys are very good. So that's me taken care of but what about you guys, what do you use to bash out your Booker Prize winning novel on and why? Cheers Ben.