Something on the order of 90% of the world uses the Office suite from the Big Monopoly. I would bet, however, that most people don’t really need all the power contained in the Word part of the package and never get past the basic functionality of the program anyway.

Which is why a web-based word processor like Writely makes so much sense. The interface is very similar to the Office package but much simpler. The system includes the ability to add tables and pictures, check spelling and many other features you’d expect from a basic editor.

You wouldn’t want to write your next best seller in Writely (for that you’d want the open source Open Office). But this system is simple to use, easily accessible, and free. A great combination for schools.