There's nothing more likely to stir up a debate than finding a nice big soapbox and telling everyone that the tool they use is rubbish. That's what one columnist did today through a major daily paper [The Age].
Microsoft Word has become the lingua franca for businesses and schools. The docx format is an ISO standard and can be opened in lots of different programs aside from Word. Of course, what you see when you open a docx document isn't always the same as what the creator intended but at least you can usually read the text.
Do you agree with the writer's premise that "Microsoft Word is cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology"? Personally, I don't mind Word - I've even become accustomed to the Ribbon - although I usually prefer to use a plain text editor for most of my word crunching as I prefer a distraction-free writing tool.