I am currently the CTO at a healthcare consultancy company. Currently, we are working on producing a series of reports using Microsoft Word. Each file is around a hundred pages long and they are include graphics (graphs, tables and other supporting images). When working with several of these documents open and several large Excel spreadsheets, the laptop being used would often freeze up.
To prevent this, we invested in a high-quality custom built, desktop computer from PC Specialist. (i7 core, 32GB RAM, 120GB SSD) This provided a minor improvement, but we are still experiencing similar problems. To attempt to solve this problem we have also re-installed MS Word and split the files up as much as is possible. What can we do to prevent this from happening, and which alternative text processing software would you recommend.
Bear in mind, that an international team of over 20 researchers are involved in this project and so it will need to be easy to use and have most of the same functionality as MS Word, especially in the area of reviewing and commenting. It will also need to work offline and run on Windows 7/8+.