The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been implemented to help protect jobs during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Below we have summarised the key points. We have also produced a detailed guide and FAQs on the 'furlough' scheme and its interaction with other issues such as shielding and statutory sick pay, which can be downloaded from this page.
We recommend checking back on this page regularly as the furlough scheme is an ever changing scheme with further updates anticipated soon.
If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.
Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.
Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.
To download and install Open Office;