Originally Posted by 88bonnsse
my wife'* school is bootleg... she used to go to john jay in new york but now in pa she goes to cedar crest college..
Beyond the Open Office approach, which from my experience is pretty decent considering it'* a freebie, there'* always the Student edition of Office. Most places sell it for $100 and it'* legal. (They don't actually check the college/school against a list or anything, you just affirm that you are a student..which your wife really is.) It is also available as a 60 day trial download directly from Microsoft.
You can probably find someone hawking a new in the box copy of Office 2000, 2003, or XP on popular shopping sites for about half of that.