It seems that Microsoft will soon be releasing Works 9.0 as adware, if this post on ZDNet is accurate.
If you don’t know what Microsoft Works is; it’s a light office suite (if you can call it that). I remember it from the days of my second PC. My father bought for me a Compaq Presario and it has Microsoft Works 5.0 bundled along in the default Windows installation.
It has basic word processing and spreadsheet capabilities, as well as scheduling and contact management. If you’ve used Microsoft Office, you might find using Microsoft Works to be hell! It’s like having to drive a decrepit Proton Tiara when you’re used to driving a Ferrari.
Even with the free ad-supported version of Works coming out soon, I find it very, very hard to recommend it over much better free alternatives such as Open Office.