Hi KeithB and Cliath
I'm always interested in 'Free' software. I very rarely pay for software anymore and I advise my private students to do likewise. It is possible to get free software, off the Internet, for almost anything you want to do, on a computer, these days.
Anything from Operating Systems, to full office suites (which are 'Microsoft' compatible!)
The magazine, which I take, 'ComputerActive' has a download section on their WebSite with dozens and dozens of free applications and utilities.
I thought that you might like to take a look.http://www.computeractive.co.uk/downloads