What are the free alternatives to Microsoft Word for Windows 7?

Drsunil V December 19, 2013

Which are the free alternatives to Microsoft Word for Windows 7?

  1. Daniel S
    December 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Softmaker FreeOffice is the best. I asume it is even better than MS Office. It is lighter, faster, and consumes very little resources, not to mention it has "human" menus. With MS Office 2010 and newer, I can't find anything in the menus, it is all so complicated and hidden away...
    For personal use, and if you are not connected in an Exchange Enterprise... or similar ... network, you should not bother with MS Office, try Softmaker FreeOffice, it is simpler, faster and familiar.

    • Drsunil V
      December 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks. Nice answer!

    • Drsunil V
      December 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks. Sounds sincere suggestion!

  2. Kevin
    December 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Lotus Symphony was a great alternative. Unfortunately IBM stopped development but you can still find copies on the net. LibreOffice is an excellent alternative too but I have had problems with it crashing while accessing very large spreadsheet files (~45MB).

    • Drsunil V
      December 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      hi. Is it connected to Lotus programming language?

    • Kevin
      December 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      I'm not sure. I believe IBM used the name "Lotus" to connect it to Lotus 1-2-3 and their other office programs.

  3. Matthew
    December 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Softmaker FreeOffice, currently on a Christmas "loadandhelp" where they make a donation for every download.
    The question is how 2013 free compares with the longstanding freebie offer on 2010 Ashampoo/softmaker.

    There is also the one you don't hear of so much:
    http://www.ssuitesoft.com/officesuites.htm - SSuite has a rather confusing array of versions, with different components and screen size requirements.

  4. Dalsan M
    December 21, 2013 at 12:19 am

    If you are just looking for an alternative to MS Word, try AbiWord: http://www.abisource.com/. AbiWord is similar to MS Word in look and feel, and opens fairly quickly. This is one of the better word processing software I have used, aside from MS Word. The other above suggested office suites work nicely, but I recommend Kingsoft over much of the other suggested.

  5. Scott H
    December 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    i like using all the libreoffice for Ubuntu there all go if you now how to set it up right how you like it and it runs smooth

  6. Pijush G
    December 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    i personally prefer Kingsoft office . libreoffice also a good choice. if you do use macro function in office, i would recommend you to go for libreoffice, kingsoft office does not support macro! on the hand you can have same(almost same) look(ribbon style) and feel in kingsoft office, like MS office! Kingsoft office and Libreoffice both avilable windows and linux(including ours cute ubuntu) system !

    Kingsoft Office: http://www.kingsoftstore.com/
    Libreoffice : http://www.libreoffice.org/

  7. Said Bakr
    December 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I prefer Libreoffice which I knew it from Ubuntu.

    • Drsunil V
      December 22, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Thanks. Libreoffice is compatible with windows 7?

    • Susendeep D
      December 22, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Libreoffice is available for Windows Mac and Linux.It's compatible with Windows 7.

      Check system requirements for more clarity

    • Susendeep D
      December 22, 2013 at 6:49 am


      Regarding your query for difference between MS office and non-MS office versions of office,you can have some clarity in the below article -

      10 reasons why Kingsoft Office is better than the competition

  8. Oron J
    December 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    There are plenty, and it depends what you mean by "alternatives", but the best pruducts I know, which come close to MS Word in functionality are Libre Office and Kingsoft Office Free (the non-free version of Kingsoft's application is even better, but, well, it's not free!).

    • Drsunil V
      December 22, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Thanks. Please tell , what is difference between Libreoffice and Kingsoft free?

  9. Alan W
    December 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Libre Office is a very good free alternative : http://www.libreoffice.org/

    • Schvenn M
      December 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      I like this one for my Android tablet. It's the best free version on that platform, but I use Gen-u-wine MicroFlimsy Office on my Windoze system.

    • Drsunil V
      December 22, 2013 at 6:18 am


  10. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 20, 2013 at 7:50 am
    • Ajay Verma
      December 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      I have paid office and still use kingsoft cause of the faster loadup, the less strain on resources and smaller flie size on hdd. Also I hate Microsoft's new online activation nonsense.

    • hartvix
      December 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Rajaa, I also prefer small flies over the big fat ones, but i try to avoid flies on HDD altogether ;-)

    • Drsunil V
      December 22, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Thanks to both respondents for answering. Please tell , what is difference between free and paid version of Kingsoft Office?

    • Susendeep D
      December 22, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Visit the link below -


      The features listed in the above link is not present in free version.But the most prominent ones are Ribbon UI and docx,xlsx file format creation.

    • Drsunil V
      December 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks. I understand. Please tell. Can document in online office - Google Docs , be edited offline , to save online?

  11. Jan F
    December 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    This article lists a few (full suite) alternatives to Microsofts Office

    Here you can find some more alternatives for word processing

    • Drsunil V
      December 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Thanks. I have viewed the article of first link. Please tell , what is difference between using microsoft and non-microsoft versions of office?

    • Drsunil V
      December 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks. Please tell which free ms-word alternative supports even docX?

    • Drsunil V
      December 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Please tell which free ms-word alternative supports even docX?

    • Jan F
      December 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

      "docx" signifies Microsofts new Office Open XML format. It is more likely a third-party application can properly handle the open format than the proprietary old docs.

      When saving documents most of them support saving to Office Open XML. Saving documents in the old proprietary '.doc' format is actually done by encoding it as Rich Text and changing the file extension to '.doc'. Those are not properly encoded '.doc' files.

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