Is Mac Pages a viable alternative to MS Word today? What other word processing suites can I choose from, if I want to stop using Word? I had started using OpenOffice years ago, but soon realised that my interlocutors were all using .doc and .docx, and converting my long research related files from OpenOffice to .docx would invariably mess up the more complicated formatting. Is the situation any different today? Which word processing programmes can I use that still let me save in .docx so I can share it easily with interlocutors? I've also recently come to know of Markdown based processors like Ulysses. However, I am not yet ready to take the plunge, though it does seem to be an reliable solution to formatting difficulties owing to compatibility issues between file formats. Let me know your thoughts!