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3 free Microsoft Office alternatives you’ve probably never heard of

If you need to type a document, create a presentation or fill out a spreadsheet, there’s a great chance that you are using Microsoft Office. It is the gold standard of productivity software.

It’s also on the expensive side. If you have an older version that’s no longer supported, or you have purchased a new computer that doesn’t have it, you might be hesitant to shell out the money for the latest version.

Fortunately, there are other software options available that offer the same power and performance, for free. Here are three Microsoft Office alternatives that you might not know about.

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office software suite that can be used for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

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It’s available in many languages and works on all common computers. Your data is stored in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other office software packages. Best of all, it’s completely free of charge for any purpose.

There are four main applications included:

  1. Calc – This is a spreadsheet that can import nearly all forms of spreadsheet formats.
  2. Writer – A word processor that can import nearly all text file formats available, plus the ability for a direct PDF export.
  3. Base – A database management application that can create tables, forms, queries and reports.
  4. Impress – A presentation application that can import ppt, pps, pptm, pptx presentation files. The layout is simple and stable.

Click here to go directly to the download page.

HomeBank

Do you have a hard time keeping track of your household’s finances? Let’s face it, balancing checkbooks and planning budgets are not the easiest things in the world. For many people, personal accounting is a daunting task.

Fortunately, managing your money is easier nowadays. Thanks to the personal computer and software, there are numerous tools that can help you with this. And for a regular-sized household, a simple and easy to use tool should be enough.

One such tool is HomeBank. This is a personal accounting program with budgeting, planning and reporting tools to track where exactly your money is going to and coming from.

It’s not exactly as robust as professional accounting, but for personal uses, it’s more than enough. Think of it as a user-friendly bookkeeping tool or a ledger to keep track of all your income and expenses in one place.

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You can set up an unlimited number of accounts in HomeBank and the process is straightforward. You choose between bank, cash, asset, credit card or liability type of accounts for tracking income or expense activity.

You can also set up different types of expense payees ranging from hobbies, clothing, entertainment, etc. and even program it for scheduled payments like mortgage payments or utility bills.

Once everything is setup according to your personal finances, HomeBank allows you to generate reports, charts and graphs for visual representations of your financial activity.

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HomeBank also supports easy file imports from popular accounting software Quicken or Microsoft Money or bank account spreadsheets in CSV, OFX or QIF formats.

One thing HomeBank can’t do (and it shouldn’t) is connect to online bank accounts for real-time activity updates. Banking activity must be entered manually to be tabulated and this also means you can’t pay anyone via HomeBank. And for security reasons, why would you want it to?

For a personal bookkeeping and ledger tool, HomeBank is a feature-rich but simple and easy-to-use program. It’s light, setting it up is a cinch, and best of all, it’s totally free.

HomeBank is cross-platform and it supports Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Click here to go directly to its download page.

SSuite Office

SSuite Office provides free office software. It was designed to be user-friendly so that even the first time computer novice can easily use it.

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There is a huge selection of tools to choose from, including everything from word processors, and spreadsheets to even security and financial tools.

There are no trial versions or recurring subscription fees. No registration is required and the software contains no third-party add-ons, toolbars or software distributions.

One of the most common office suites available is the SSuite Office Personal Edition. It’s intended for beginners and is really easy to use.

Here are some of its features:

  • Windows 7 styled
  • Full 32-bit software
  • No annual license fee
  • No Java or .NET necessary
  • Unlimited document history
  • Easy installation
  • Open last edited document feature
  • Insert emoticons and special characters
  • Export your documents to pdf, bmp, emf, png, jbp, and tiff image formats

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There are many other office suites to choose from. You can get an overview of each suite’s features on the download page.

Click here to go to the SSuite Office download page.

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