5 Completely Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

At one time, Microsoft Office was almost ubiquitous on PCs, the go-to software for anything office, college or work related. These days, there is a much, much wider choice of office software suites available, both in the premium and free markets.

Office has some advantages and if you get a free copy with your computer, it is definitely worth sticking with. If, however, you want almost the same capabilities in a completely free program, these five alternatives are all brilliant options.

LibreOffice

Download From: www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice, whilst probably not going to win any awards for looks or style, certainly delivers on content. Featuring Writer, Calc, Charts and Impress, LibreOffice also includes Draw, Math and Base for sketching, editing formulas and managing databases respectively.

Quite a collection of tools for something that is completely free. LibreOffice is compatible with a wide range of document formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher, but goes one further with its native support for a modern and open standard, the Open Document Format (ODF). Beyond the many features shipped by default, LibreOffice is easily expandable through its powerful extensions mechanisms.

Apache OpenOffice

Download From: www.openoffice.org

OpenOffice was a key part of our PC tool list for several years, because we decided that paying for a multi-user version of Microsoft Office was as frustrating as it was expensive, until fairly recently. Looking around at that time, the choices were fewer than today but even so, OpenOffice stood out.

OpenOffice actually stems from the same base software as LibreOffice (see above) and so they look fairly similar. Just like LibreOffice, it offers Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base and Math, but somehow it fitted together better than LibreOffice. These days, the two have somewhat switched in affections, mainly due to Libre having a faster and more reliable update and bug fix schedule. That said, OpenOffice is still a whole lot of office suite for free, and certainly worth trying.

WPS Office Free

Download From: www.wps.com/office-free

Perhaps not as well known as LibreOffice and OpenOffice, WPS is still definitely worth checking out. A fairly recent redesign and general overhaul has really fixed many of the small problems that could sometimes be encountered, making WPS one of our favourites and easy to recommend.

It is one of the smallest office suites consisting of Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheets, plus PDF tools to fulfil all of your document needs. It also provides you with access to WPS Cloud, a professional office file cloud storage service with 1G Free Space. If aesthetics are a concern, it is safe to say that since the overhaul, WPS is easily the best looking of all the office suites here. Oh, and it has free companion apps for Android and iOS devices.

Softmaker FreeOffice

Download From: www.freeoffice.com/en/

FreeOffice is a complete office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation program, all compatible with their counterparts in Microsoft Office. That is, however, all you really get. There are no drawing or maths tools here, just the ones that many people will use the most.

FreeOffice is based on SoftMaker Office 2016, the premium office suite by SoftMaker and benefits from many of the improvements that the commercial version sees. It is fairly quick, rendering graphics faster by using several CPU cores. It is compatible with Windows XP to Windows 10 as well as all current Linux distributions. It also looks pretty good and has some features we couldn’t find elsewhere, such as the ability to save documents as eBooks.

SSuite Office HD+

Download From: www.ssuitesoft.com

Probably the least well known of the free office suites here, SSuite Office HD+ is worth checking out if you are looking for something optimised for Ultra HD and Widescreen displays. The application interfaces have been enlarged to view the functions, features and menu structures for better user-interaction.

This office suite introduces some new innovative concepts in interface design and is a user-friendly application. The tabbed document interfaces also make it easier to find your opened documents with a single view. The thumbnail previews enhance the user interaction further by displaying the whole document layout, whether you are creating PDFs, image documents or simply displaying the print preview as you create your important document, thesis or letter.

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Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. Working for international publications in both print and online, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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