Free software

OpenOffice

OpenOffice can open and save in MS Office format, and is fine for most non-specialised uses of Office packages. Do bear in mind that extremely complex formatting may not be possible.

You should remember to set the Tools | Options | Load/Save | General | Default File Format to be the MSOffice equivalents, for easy distribution of end results.

NeoOffice

Mac users can also try NeoOffice.

The GIMP - Image editing

The Gimp is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems and is avalible in many languages. Download The GIMP

Mozilla Firefox - Web browsing

Mozilla Firefox is a web browser that is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to Internet Explorer. Download Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Thunderbird - Email

Thunderbird is a popular, free alternative to Outlook. The University Information Services provide configuration instructions

Download Mozilla Thunderbird