AbiWord alternative MS Word processor

AbiWord is a free word processing program that tries to compete with Microsoft Word. It supports many formats including of course Word documents, and you can use it even for advanced document layout.

The program is able to handle tables, bullets, lists, images, footnotes, endnotes, mail merge, and styles. Its interface comes in a lot of languages and includes a spelling checker with dictionaries for over 30 languages. It supports also right-to-left, left-to-right, and mixed-mode text.

Command line options are available, as well as plugins that extend its functionality, from Document Importers to a Thesaurus, Image Importers and a Text Summarizer.

AbiWord is certainly a powerful program even if not as much as MS Word. Especially if you don’t need the advanced features of MS Word (cross-references, etc) you can give AbiWord a try. Unfortunately due to lack of interest the development for Windows stopped in version 2.9.4, which you can download and see if it covers your needs. Otherwise you may like to check alternative free MS Word competitors, such as those included in OpenOffice and LibreOffice.