You know what? It might be alright. Well, Im sort of praying for it.
Word has features I really need and use every day. With all the animations, sound effects, tips and unilateral, pre-emptive editing features turned off, and all the toolbars apart from the formatting palette hidden, the interface is alright. It looks good and its actually simple to use. You have to make a little effort, which I admit is an important failure, but you can get it to do what you want without any fuss.
It works. Its the bugs and the speed of the thing that make it so terribly, terribly, frustrating. Fix those alone and Id actually be happy with it. And sort out the SHIT preferences management and the counter-intuitive dictionaries and stuff, and give me localisation that works, and settings that stay set, and Id even say it was good.
What if theyve been sorting all this out? Thatd be pretty alright, no?
Its not perfect, but its damn powerful and it does the job: and until someone in Cupertino gathers together some open source Office code and sticks it behind a really, properly decent front end, I know Im going to keep on using the slag, so, hey.