I researched Open Office. The advantages of using Open Office are that it is free to all users. I work in a Title I school, so this type of program would be beneficial. Also, since it is an open source software, anyone can go in and edit the program. This allows for many different ideas. On the other hand there is a higher potential for a virus to be spread. Also, if there is ever a problem with Microsoft Office, there is always someone to give me technological support. In Open Office there can be a lack of support if there are problems. I have a Mac computer, and Open Office is for PC's only.