If you were to log in, you'd be able to get more information on your fellow community member.
Star Office, which is free from Star Division, is an office suite (word processor, etc.). I have been successful using it to read MS Word files and to generate HTML versions of those files. I have not tried this with tables, however.
Found at http://www.stardivision.com, it installs easily on Solaris, Linux, etc. I think Windows NT/95 as well.