OpenOffice or LibreOffice will get your work done without issue. It supports the majority of the features and save in the Microsoft Office format.
You really can't tell a difference in the final product in Word.
I am taking the Business classes and have had issues with BU350.1.1 Organizational Behavior and BU320.2.1 Marketing Principles when completing assignments in word in the assignment text box. Even though I followed the instructions in the Orientation video, pasting word into the text box creates a formatting nightmare.
The text from the Word document did not remain intact and garbled codes were inserted. The Text Box word processor is extremely difficult to use to format margins, font, font size, page numbering, and etc.
Attachments which are attached to the Text Box assignment screen in word, the instructor claims the attachment is not visible, although I can log into my account from multiple computers that do not have a copy of the attachment and view the attachment. At one point when I requested intervention it was stated that attachments were not allowed to the text box. However, the Orientation even describes the use of attachments to the Text Box assignment screen.
The incompatibility is a serious problem for students and really needs some work. Has anyone else experienced these problem?