Microsoft Office and Google Suite vie for the biggest slices of the office suite market share pie, but for Microsoft users, the downside is the cost of the software. It can range from $69.99 annually for Office 365’s personal suite, to over $200 for the home and business versions.
There’s also the lack of collaboration with Microsoft Office, a feature Google Drive has mastered. Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are free and are excellent if you need to collaborate with other users, but these programs don’t work without an internet connection.
Google’s programs also lack some of the advanced features pro-level Excel and Word users enjoy, and once you use up your allotted storage space on Drive, Google wants you to pay for more storage. If only there were a happy medium…
Alternative to Office and Drive
LibreOffice is an open-source office suite that features six programs that are similar to Microsoft’s Excel, Word and Powerpoint, and Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides. The best part is Libre’s programs are free, and its files work with Microsoft and Google programs.
LibreOffice allows you to edit documents you made in Office and save new files in Office formats. For example, if a friend emails you a Microsoft Word document but you don’t have Microsoft Office on your computer, with LibreOffice you can edit the Word document and save it as a Word file.
LibreOffice is free, but the software developers will ask for a donation upon downloading the file. Also, keep in mind this is a large file, so it may take some time to download.
How to access LibreOffice
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OK, back to business.
You can download LibreOffice by clicking the “Download” button at the top of the LibreOffice homepage. Once you select that button, it will bring you to a page that highlights the versions. Select the program that best fits your needs and select your operating system.
LibreOffice is available for Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems. After choosing the appropriate download, hit the yellow “Download” button and you are all set.
To learn more about Libre Office click here.