While text files saved in Word for Windows is now the industry standard I have used a standalone word processing program called Abiword. (This is not an advert) Abiword has a clean and simplified look that is much less cluttered than Word. Most people dont know this but most laptops and computers today with base windows or any WYSIWYG interface have a Works suite from Microsoft. I find thus also has a lot of utility without having to purchase a word processing software. But Abiword is still free, and if you are like me possibly have very little use overall for excel access and PowerPoint. If you need a good version of Abiword, Google it for the latest release. I've never had a crash, and if you save the text files as rtf, you can save them in versions of word formatting using the Save As command. Let me know your opinions and feedback!