What’s the best free alternative to Microsoft Office?

Bud L May 23, 2014
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What’s the best free alternative to Microsoft Office?

  1. Susendeep D
    May 31, 2014 at 7:35 am

    The best and free alternative is Libreoffice.

  2. Matthew
    May 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Another one - or several, is SSuite Office

    Quite a number of different content selections - and required screen sizes.
    The applications are also available individually

    A little odd though, versions for different screen sizes - don't things just scale accordingly?

  3. kihara
    May 28, 2014 at 7:22 am

    All the answers above are great. If you only need a word processor, you could also try Jarte, a free and lightweight alternative to Microsoft Word http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/need-lightweight-portable-word-processor-jarte-delivers/

  4. Mike O
    May 27, 2014 at 2:03 am

    openoffice.org, libreoffice, kingsoft office suite, Apache OpenOffice, neooffice, koffice, here are a few there are many more out there.

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Kingsoft Office

  6. Dalsan M
    May 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    If you have a Microsoft email account (Hotmail, Live, etc.), you can use their online office products. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/online/?CR_CC=200061904&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=PS_Google_Office_Online_ms_office_online_Text

    Otherwise, Libre Office and Kingsoft Office are top recommended free alternatives. OpenOffice.org (OOo) suite is decent, but bloated and rather slow at opening. It is also one if the larger packages to download and install, as well. Best, though, would be the original MS Office suite.

  7. Tom S
    May 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Depends on your needs, but I have been using Libre Office for years and it has never let me down. That and Google Docs pretty much fill my boat

  8. Hovsep A
    May 23, 2014 at 8:54 am

    you can check also Softmaker office free

  9. Oron J
    May 23, 2014 at 7:33 am

    It's difficult to say which is best without knowing what your criteria are for "best". If you want something which has the same features and characteristics as the Microsoft product, the the best is the Microsoft product... That said, there are some good alternatives out there. My favourites are:

    • LibreOffice (and it's almost-identical siblings OpenOffice & NeoOffice for Mac). It's powerful, supports many file formats including MS Office (old & new) and has the additional "Draw" application which I find useful.
    • Kingsoft Office. Very slick, compact, fast, very similar to MS Office. Main drawbacks are lack of writers' tools (e.g. thesaurus), support for less file formats (but it does support the MS ones) and less comprehensive online help.
    • Google Docs/Drive. Online, streamlined, works well. Relatively poor in features (probably not the tool for laying out a complex book or writing a PhD), but brilliant on the online publishing & collaboration side.
    • Zoho Office Suite. Similar to GoogleDocs but more sophisticated.

    I use mostly a mix of LibreOffice and Kingsoft Office, but when I need to collaborate with others or when I write something specifically for online publication I'll often use GoogleDocs.

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