Best free software for students
OpenOffice.org (Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris)
In a nutshell, OpenOffice.org is the free alternative to Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office suite (that includes Word, Excel et al). You can create, open, edit and save documents in the native Office formats, all while laughing at the spod next to you who paid £110 for Microsoft’s Home and Student edition 2010. LibreOffice, made by an offshoot of the OO.org team, is also worth a blast.