Hi Sue, I am surprised and indeed delighted, never thought the day would come when I would be able to suggest to a member of your profession that perhaps re-reading the post might help!
In the post above huffman said:
Microsoft also has a viewer for both Word and Excel. Just Google each and it tell you how go get them.
To which I replied:
But with those you can only view the files, no editing or saving.
I was referring to the MS Viewers not the other 3rd party software
I then went on to suggest that IMHO Open Office was a better option that LibreOffice. What you quote in ZDNet is perfectly correct but if the OP opens a Word Doc , editd and saves it, he will be able to open it again in Open Office!