1. What is the basic license cost?
Open Office Writer is the cheapest option here, because it is free to buy being open source. Kingsoft Writer costs up to $69, and Microsoft Office Word 2007, can cost up to several hundred dollars.
2. Are there additional costs for commercial use?
Again, Open Office Writer is free in all circumstances. Kingsoft Writer offers the 2007 version for personal use for free, but commercial use is not an option without buying the full version. Cheaper licenses are available for Microsoft Office Word 2007 for educational and other non-commercial uses, but full commercial use requires a full commercial license
3. Are there additional costs beyond a trial period?
Both Kingsoft Writer and Microsoft Office Word 2007 are provided as a free trial, requiring payment of licence fee beyond 90 and100 days respectively.
4. If you want to use it on more than one machine, is there additional costs?
Both Kingsoft Writer and Microsoft Office Word 2007 require one licence per machine although site licences are available for small companies.
5. Is your current hardware adequate? If not, how much will an upgrade cost?
Kingsoft Office Writer is economical in its use of system resources; Word 2007 is the most resource intensive, Open Office 3.0 runs quite slowly, so may tempt the user to seek to upgrade.
6. Do you need a training course, and or a book to help you with the new software, and how much will they cost?
Kingsoft Office Writer is best here, because it is so like Microsoft Office Word 2003, and so the least likely to require expensive re-training. Users of Open Office will benefit from free documentation provided they are prepared to download material from the Internet. Microsoft Office Word 2007 has the widest range of material, though prices can be expensive.