Abiword has been around for quite some time and has never really had the attention it deserves. Outside of being the default word processer for some of the lighter-weight Linux distributions, Abiword has hung out in the shadows of Microsoft Word and LibreOffice Writer. But if you're looking for a stand-alone word processor, with a small footprint, Abiword is the tool you want. It has a simple to use interface, plenty of features – most important of which is the ability to open and save in .doc (though not .docx) formats. Abiword is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.
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