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what are the best free alternatives to microsoft office?

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what are the best free alternatives to Microsoft Office? I know Google docs is one but I feel that is very limited to what you can change.

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I would still say Google Docs, because you can install extensions to it.


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what platform do you have?

 

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what are the best free alternatives to Microsoft Office? I know Google docs is one but I feel that is very limited to what you can change.

Let me guess, you want word, powerpoint, excel etc?

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I use google docs and suggest using extensions, but libreoffice is a well recommended choice.


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openoffice and libre office, i prefer libreoffice myself, bit its all preference.

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Always google docs. I have moved off Office permanently.


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Personally I can't recommend OpenOffice. I am using it as a 'daily driver' on a MacBook at work and it is a giant turd. It crashes occasionally, is slow (could be the old MacBook's fault <_< ) and is missing vital functionality compared to MS Office.

For a basic text, sheet and presentation maker, it's sufficient, but nothing more than that.


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Google drive. Has everything office has... Power point, docs, excel, etc.,


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I love Libre Office.


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what are the best free alternatives to Microsoft Office? I know Google docs is one but I feel that is very limited to what you can change.

You have several choices. The big ones are:

1. Google Docs

2. OpenOffice

3. LibreOffice

4. Microsoft Office Online

 

As you say, Google Docs is pretty limited. "Alright" if all you need is to type up a simple letter, etc, but MS Office is just so far ahead of it, it's ridiculous.

 

The two Open Source Office alts: Open/Libre Office, are branches of the same original project. I believe LibreOffice is the most active one these days, though the interface and features of both will be fairly similar. Both look like ass, like the UI was developed in the late 90's, but are functional.

 

I would, however, strongly recommend checking out Microsoft Office Online before the rest. If you have a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Outlook, Skype, etc), then Office Online is free. It includes a cut down version of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The UI is the same basic UI from MS Office, so there's very little learning curve involved. It's obviously not as powerful as full Office, but it should still be better than Google Docs.


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I use Google Drive because it saves in the cloud, but Libre Office is more powerful.


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I use Google Drive because it saves in the cloud, but Libre Office is more powerful.

I don't know about Google Drive, but with other cloud storage (OneDrive, Dropbox, etc), you create a folder on your HDD that automatically syncs with the cloud. Therefore, I can save a document to my OneDrive folder on my PC, and it automatically syncs to the cloud.

 

Furthermore, many programs have built-in cloud save options, or can be enabled via plugins. I would check to see if LibreOffice has this capability.


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At the shop we work at we use Kingsoft office


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Posted · Original PosterOP

I use google docs and suggest using extensions, but libreoffice is a well recommended choice.

 

libreoffice is good, google docs is decent if you use extensions 

 

 

What kind of extensions?

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Google Docs is easy to use. You even sync everything into it. My vpn works well with it. I can even access it to any computers, you just need an internet connection.

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