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 is an open-source office software suite that can be used for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
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:
- Calc - This is a spreadsheet that can import nearly all forms of spreadsheet formats.
- Writer - A word processor that can import nearly all text file formats available, plus the ability for a direct PDF export.
- Base - A database management application that can create tables, forms, queries and reports.
- Impress - A presentation application that can import ppt, pps, pptm, pptx presentation files. The layout is simple and stable.
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