Microsoft Office has been the go-to software when it comes to writing, reading, or editing documents. The main reason behind the popularity is, in most of the PC’s and laptops, Windows comes pre-installed, and Microsoft Office is also the only suite that comes with it.
Microsoft Office Alternatives
There are better software’s out there, but no one seems to care about it. You ask why? The answer is pretty straight forward. People never made an effort to know what lies on the other side, and as always, the power of open-source software always goes unnoticed. So, we have compiled a list of Microsoft Office alternatives that are worth giving a try.
We are in no way saying Microsoft Office is terrible, but this list is for the people who are bored or don’t want to buy Microsoft Office and want to try something different.
1. Google Docs
Google has built a vast ecosystem of applications that work outstandingly well. Google Docs is just another excellent application that works very well both on the web as well as on Android and iOS. The effort that Google’s engineers have put into designing the app is evident when you look at it.
Google also has Sheets, Slides, and Forms, and the apps synchronize very well with all your devices. Moreover, users can also choose from a variety of templates according to their work demands. The online sharing feature lets you add more users to edit a document for a collaborative session. Overall, it is an excellent application for both beginners, as well as power users.
2. Libre Office
Libre is an open-source project maintained by thousands of developers. As a result, the software always keeps improving. It has docs, presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, and a database too, which is more than what Microsoft has got to offer. It is also the only office suite that comes pre-installed with Linux distributions.
The user interface might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it works. Open-source software has undoubtedly gotten populated with features from the past decade. Libre office is lightweight, so you don’t have to worry about running it on an old machine. It uses “.ODF” format and you can open it using Microsoft Word.
3. Calligra Office
Calligra Office was known as KOffice till they split up in 2010. Like Libre Office, this is also open-source software. It has more applications than LibreOffice, but they lack much of the traits of LibreOffice. If you need a simple office suite like Libre, but with extra features like flowcharts, database management, and image manipulation, Calligra might be for you.
The suite is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac. You can also download the source code if you are a developer. The versions for Windows, Mac are still in the testing phase, and you might end up encountering few bugs.
4. Apache OpenOffice
Yeah, you guessed it right. Apache Office is (again) open-source software that we had a pretty good time using. The app feels like Libre Office with six file types. Apache OpenOffice is easy to learn, and if you’re already using another Office Suite, you will not have any problem in using Open Office.
There is support for a world-wide native-language community, meaning?, OpenOffice is probably available and supported in your language too. And if you already have files from another office package – OpenOffice will probably read them with no difficulty. The UI is simple yet enjoyable, and the features work well. Overall, it is perfect for people looking for a simple yet feature-rich alternative to Word and Office.
5. WPS Office
Like every other suite in the list, WPS Office can pretty much do everything. So, what’s different, you ask? It’s the expressive UI that they’ve used, and it speaks for itself. This time around, there are three file formats; spreadsheets, presentations, and documents.
The work can be either stored on “WPS Cloud” or on your computer. The sign-up process was relatively simple, and the fact that the app is available on the web, Android, App Store, Mac, Windows, and (even on) Linux is a cherry on top.
Of all the Microsoft Office alternatives listed above precisely delivers what they promise. The five that we covered in this article are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg but should give you a good starting point.
If we had to pick one, we would go with (*drums rolling*), and you guessed it right. Provided how good the Google ecosystem is, Google Docs is the winner. Let us know which one will you try first in the comment section below.