What’s the best MS Office alternative for Windows?

Rajaa Chowdhury October 14, 2012
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Which free MS Office alternative for Windows will you rate the best in terms of User ratings? Highest marking for MS Office compatibility, similar GUI, feature list. (I am talking of the Windows installed products and leaving out the Cloud solutions like Google DOCs, MS Office Web Apps, Zoho Office, etc.)

1. Libre Office
2. Apache Open Office
3. Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 (I must say I am pretty impressed with it as I only use Word, Excel and Powerpoint anyways)
4. IBM Lotus Symphony

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  1. Paul Pruitt
    December 11, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Check out the 4 comprehensive comparison charts in the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_office_suites

  2. C_3PO
    November 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    OpenOffice for Windows & Libre for Ubuntu

  3. softwaredemons
    November 5, 2012 at 4:47 am

    openoffice is what i use

  4. Douglas Mutay
    October 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Libre Office is very good

  5. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    October 18, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I agree.. Libre Office and I also use the openoffice.org

  6. Pwince Khan
    October 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Libre Office you can choose

  7. kumar raja
    October 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Libre Office is nice and u can try

  8. Marian Cimbru
    October 16, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I think OpenOffice is the best! The experience says all....

  9. Gary
    October 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Kingsoft Office Suite

    • Quebec Twosix
      October 18, 2012 at 4:33 am

      Kingsoft Office Suite, works well on both a Windows and Android platform.

      For a free suite, it provides a very functional alternative to MS Office, and will read PDF's. Making it a simple choice for those of us who are looking for a seamless solution.

      Try it & you will be surprised. I've recommended it to my friends & they are now running it on their tablets, and phones ....

      It even works well under Windows 8

      Arthur

  10. Anonymous
    October 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Libre is a good alternative.

  11. allan jay monteclaro
    October 15, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I use LibreOffice a lot. I downloaded one at portableapps.com, installed it on my USB stick and I can use it wherever I want.

  12. Anonymous
    October 15, 2012 at 3:05 am
  13. Richard McGill
    October 15, 2012 at 2:05 am

    SoftMaker FreeOffice is easy to use and worth a look.

  14. Kamil Ko
    October 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I think MakeUseOf did an article on this.

  15. ion popa
    October 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    LibreOffice is my choice.

  16. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Libre Office without further thought [Opinion]. If you are looking for web services, then use GoogleDocs.

  17. Harshit Jain
    October 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Libre Office is the best alternative.

  18. Vishal Mishra
    October 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Libre Office is really great. It is also distributed on ubuntu .

  19. Siddharth Bhatia
    October 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I think Libreoffice and Openoffice are great.

  20. Oron Joffe
    October 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Kingsoft Office is an excellent product which is highly polished, so for some people I'd say it's the best product. However it does not include a PowerPoint equivalent and the free version does not support the latest formats (.DOCX, .XLSX) so if these features are important to you, I think LibreOffice would be a better bet.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      October 15, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 seems to be giving Powerpoint equivalent and it does seem to support the latest MS Office Formats. Check out http://www.kingsoftstore.com/kingsoft-office-freeware.html

      • Oron Joffe
        October 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

        That's terrific - they must have updated it when I wasn't looking! Well, as I haven't used this version I can't fully recommend it, but I'm sure it's every bit as polished as the previous version.

  21. Brian Smith
    October 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Libre Office is my favourite but there are some compatibility issues with MS Word - especially in the formatting area,

  22. Grr
    October 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    My preference

    1. Libre Office
    2. Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 (I must say I am pretty impressed with it as I only use Word, Excel and Powerpoint anyways)
    3. IBM Lotus Symphony

  23. vijaychandar
    October 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I too used Libreoffice.. It's almost compatible with Microsoft office formats. But anyway i save my new documents in .odt formats for better compatibility.

  24. Loenja Selter
    October 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    used to use apache open office. but now using 2013 preview... will probably go back to OOo when preview expires.

  25. Besian Cato
    October 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Libre office is pretty good. I'd go for it.

  26. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 14, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I would go with open office rather than anything on you list.it's pretty easy and has loads of features too.

  27. RaMaN
    October 14, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Libre Office

  28. Raj Sarkar
    October 14, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Libre Office is good.

  29. Drew Butler
    October 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I agree.. Libre Office

  30. Bruce Epper
    October 14, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I use Libre Office on some systems although I have also used SoftMaker Office on a few with very good results.

  31. Bruce Epper
    October 14, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I use Libre Office on some systems although I have also used SoftMaker Office on a few with very good results.

  32. Bruce Epper
    October 14, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I use Libre Office on some systems although I have also used SoftMaker Office on a few with very good results.

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