Here's some practical sense. You may be on your personal crusade against Windows 8, or the ribbon, and I respect that, but I can tell you from experience that if you recommend unsupported software to friends and customers, these won't stay your friends and customers for long.
This leaves relatives, though: relatives are OK.
Seriously, though: even if you can manage to make stuff work, that will become the scapegoat of anything bad happening on that machine. If you really hate the ribbon so much, I would recommend you take a good look at LibreOffice instead.