6 Free Office Suites That Are NOT Microsoft

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Free Office SoftwareMicrosoft Office may be the most popular office productivity suite currently on the market, but don’t expect this to last forever considering the slew of new, web-based, and open-source alternatives coming every day. Recently, in only the last 2 to 3 years, not only has the number of MS Office competitors grown significantly, but also the quality of these products has increased immeasurably.

The best part about these new office alternatives is that they are completely FREE and they work with Microsoft Office, so if you or your company are locked into Office currently, you can integrate open-source software into your systems slowly and carefully. If you’re a consumer, you can now create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the fly, access them from anywhere, and open them in MS Office for compatibility purposes.

Here’s a list of six of the most popular alternative office productivity suites out there today:

Online Office Software

google docs logo 1. Google Docs – This is probably the most heard of Office competitor that most people already know about. Google Docs is completely online and includes a web-based Word Processor, Spreadsheet application, and a Presentation app. More on Google Docs features (incl. introduction video).

soho 2. Zoho – Zoho is probably the best online office productivity suite with not only word processor, spreadsheet and presentation apps, but also includes online project management, CRM solutions, web conferencing, online database with reports, online planner, group chat, wiki, and lots more. It also includes a plug-in for MS Office so you can work both online or offline. Learn more about Zoho.

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thinkfree 3.Thinkfree – Thinkfree claims to have the best integration with Microsoft Office. Also, the interface for each app is very similar to MS Office including the toolbars, icons, and functions. Thinkfree also has advanced collaboration features such that users can share, edit, and contribute their ideas remotely. More on Thinkfree (incl. video demos and screenshot).

Downloadable Office Software

staroffice 5.StarOffice – StarOffice is from Sun Microsystems and has recently been released under the Google Pack as a free download. StarOffice runs on Windows, Linux, and Solaris systems. You’ll have to download OpenOffice if you want it for the Mac.

ibm symphony 4. IBM Lotus Symphony – IBM Lotus Symphony is a direct competitor to the Microsoft Office suite because it is also a desktop application aimed at individuals and businesses. The suite consists of Symphony Documents, Symphony Presentations, and Symphony Spreadsheets. I wrote about it before, so if interested check out my IBM Symphony review.

openoffice 6. OpenOffice – OpenOffice is a multi-platform (Win, Mac, Linux) and multi-lingual office suite which is compatible with all major office suites (i.e. Microsoft Office). It includes Writer (word processing), Impress (presentation), Math, Draw, Calc (spreadsheet), and Base applications. IBM Lotus Symphony and StarOffice are both based on the code from OpenOffice.

And if that’s not enough choices, Adobe is planning on releasing it’s own online word editor called Buzzword. Plus, Yahoo may be joining the crowd soon also with it’s recent purchase of Zimbra. So if you’re still stuck on Office, be sure to check out all the new alternatives as they will probably be the future of office productivity suites.

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Comments (21)
  • Ado

    You must try “SSuite Office – The Fifth Element”.

    It is completely free for download, and is only 57 MB in size after installation. It also has more than 30 very useful applications.

    Download page link: ssuite5element.webs.com/thefifthelement.htm

  • ajay

    office simply gr8 all are way behind the ms office
    compare each every aspect office suites and derive any results

    • Mackenzie Morgan

      They all have their ups and downs. MS Office is *terrible* for getting a nice layout. OpenOffice.org definitely beats it there, since it takes a bit from desktop publishing apps (like frames). Last time I use MS Office, it couldn’t do wiki output like OOo can either. Has this changed? I know O2k7 finally caught up to OOo’s bibliography support, but then they went and changed the interface so everything’s in weird places.

  • ruz

    Hey, kalivds link seems to be pretty good. Edeskonline.com is faster than the other online operating systems / online office apps that I have used. Google Docs is also quite a stable office app, but edesk has a package of all the most wanted office tools. its worth a glance.

  • kalivd

    not many Operating Systems online seems to support any type of accounting or taxation softwares. a unique one that i
    found was edeskonline.com. Has anyone done a comparison on its features?

    eDeskOnline – Free Online Office

  • yreg

    Don’t forget that there is a native port of OpenOffice for the Mac called NeoOffice. It’s way more integrated with the system. yreg

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