Ever since I started my PhD study, I stick to LaTeX for most of my works - progress slides, conference papers and even for a "kenduri" event for my daughter's aqiqah - I created invitation memos with LaTeX.
LaTeX needs some perseverance for you to learn . For me I started typed LaTeX files with VI and later compiled the document with pdflatex command.
Later, I met Kile, a KDE based LaTeX editor. It provided GUI based with autocompletion and spell check function, which is cool to assist you writing up your work - conference paper or thesis.
Most of my friends comfortable with MS Word and EndNote.. which is okay. But some conference organizer literally require you to send them paper written in LaTeX (or in another way around). In this case you might need to find a friend who are familiar which such writing environment.