Not only did Microsoft have a near monopoly on computer operating systems, it also made the only word processor that mattered. Sure, you could use Word Perfect and be fine, but your school probably used Word. So, all that formatting you spent the night working on would go to waste if you weren't rocking with the best. For those (like me), who were stuck with the struggle that was Microsoft Works, which also wasn't compatible with Microsoft Office (WTF?), be happy those days are over.
Doing School Work Using Microsoft Office