having microsoft word installed on most computers usually means that it is easiest to simply open this programme and create documents. the fact that microsoft has a monopoly over this software is a little annoying but i'm very glad to have been directed towards online programmes such as zoho.com and google docs during this learning 2.0 exercise.
zoho allows you to create documents and gives you all the tools of any other word processing programme and the great thing is that saved documents can be accessed from anywhere with your online account. you can then export your document in word, html, PDF etc formats which potentially means that you can flag on having to purchase the microsoft office suite when buying a new computer.
i have used google docs before however i used it as a medium to store files rather than to create documents. similarly to zoho it allows you to create a text document and export it into other popular formats.
overall i liked the simplicity of design in both zoho and google's layouts. very intuitive to use and clear.
i'm currently considering purchasing a new laptop and being a student with limited funds - it has been good to know that there are other alternatives to purchasing the microsoft office suite that includes the all important microsoft word programme.