I’ve been using Microsoft Word (and hating it) for over 15 years. I recently dumped it in favor of Apple Pages, and I’m quite happy with the result. For a variety of reasons, Pages is easier to use, more stable, and helps me to write more efficiently. I’m not constantly at battle with the software (as I often was when using Microsoft Word), and I’m making much more efficient use of my time when writing.
For the most part, Pages gets along very well with Word, creates RTF and PDF files quickly (and correctly). My only wish is that it worked with Bookends, my favorite bibliographic software (which… by the way, is FANTASTIC.)
Hooray from being freed from the doldrums of Word!