Sun recently released a free-as-in-beer plugin for microsoft Word which allows it to read and write (and therefore edit)
So, not only can OpenOffice.org read and write MS Word documents, but now those using Word can do the converse.
In my experience, I haven't had any trouble using OOo to interact with colleagues (OK, PHBs) using Microsoft tools and, in fact, I have often "fixed"
I haven't "done" Microsoft at home since 1997, and not at work since 2000, so can any of you tell me whether this Sun plugin is any good? Bill and Steve are not getting another penny out of me, and I am too anally-retentive to "pirate" their software, even although a blind eye is said to be turned to grass-roots use.