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MS Office isn't free, never has been, so if you download it, you have to pay for it, if you want to use it legally.
if you use it online, you're using a paid office 365 subscription.
OpenOffice and LibreOffice work fine, in most cases for most people, but as you say, if you're switching between the programs, you can have problems, unless you save you doc from MS Office in the open format, then it "should" work better.
what about in google word processing? again, you'd have to upload to the cloud, edit, save, download.
But in all honestly, it sounds like you're being a luddite :) The idea of using Office 365 is so you don't have to email docs to yourself! They're just there, in the magical cloud, for anyone to access anywhere from any device whenever they want, as long as there is an active internet connection, otherwise you're screwed :)
We're moving away from M$ Office in work and are now using G Suite (Google).
Compatibility for most docs (i.e. most 'normal' users) is fine - it's only more complicated docs (esp. Excel (where you could argue it should really be in Access anyway...)) that compatibility can be an issue (like VBA, Macros etc.).
You may, entirely at your own risk....... look at Ebay..
We will pay the price but we will not count the cost..
But in all honestly, it sounds like you're being a luddite :) The idea of using Office 365 is so you don't have to email docs to yourself!
Guilty as charge M'lud!
I do work off line quite a bit, that's why I don't like the Office365 option... there are times several weeks a year, where I work with no Wifi connection available
I am still on Office 97, works fine for word and excel spreadsheets, and not a rip off, like Office 365.