Best Free Office Suite


An office suite is a collection of programs, mainly consisting of a word processor, spreadsheet & presentation application bundled together.

With the pricey tag put onto the all popular Microsoft Office, it leaves no surprise that the average home user or small business would be looking for an alternative. Below we have reviewed and rated all the popular freeware office suites and split them into three sections making it easier to find the best solution:

  1. Proprietary, privately owned software being offered up for free.
  2. Open Office, an open source suite and various mods based on the same programming code making them similar to use.
  3. Cloud / Online, web based suites than can be used on the move, some even contain a smartphone app for easy updating.
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- Proprietary Office Suites
- Open Office & Variants
- Cloud Office Suites

Proprietary Office Suites

Kingsoft Office Suite FreeWPS Office Free (formerly Kingsoft Office) is ideal for those familiar with Microsoft Office 2003 prior to the creation of the 'ribbon' feature in 2007. It will let you feel perfectly at home. To say that it is similar to Microsoft Office would be the understatement; they are practically identical. There are three main packages:

  1. WPS Writer, a word processor that can import from Microsoft Word (.doc & .docx) with the ability to have separate documents in a tabbed interface.
  2. WPS Spreadsheet, a spreadsheet application that can import from Microsoft Excel and having the same cells range (65,536 rows * 256 columns) as the Microsoft Office 2003 equivalent.
  3. WPS Presentation, a presentation suite that can import all Microsoft Powerpoint documents.

For a freeware equivalent to Microsoft Office and for those who liked the simpler old style 2003 interface then WPS Office Suite Free is the application. There isn't a single feature I found that isn't IDENTICAL to the Microsoft Office 2003 equivalent. The similarities even go far into the styles of WordArt.

WPS did offer a unique tabbed experience allowing multiple documents or spreadsheets within the same window making switching between them quick and simple. There are however two annoying selections upon installation: the startup of a browser linking to WPS's website, and the other is a popup asking to switch to another UI (basically the new ribbon effect which isn't free).

A quirky feature is the quick UI color feature allowing the UI to be alternated to an additional eight different skins helping color code your office suite with your OS skin.


SSuiteSSuite Office - Excalibur Release is a huge collection of products designed to make any office task easier. Initially the selection of tools are overwhelming and include everything from word processors, spreadsheets, email clients, IM clients, even a CD ripper. The installer doesn't allow for installation choice and bundles everything in.

Each application can be a pick n' mix of different options and an attempt seems to be made to give the end user the ability to do everything within the suite itself. Anything not directly accessible within the application links to an alternative website (for example Google Translate). The GUI 's (graphical user interfaces) are really hard to follow and require quite a large learning curve to get used to.

There are too many different applications to list individually but the main ones are:

  1. WordGraph, a word processor which can import doc, rtf, htm, xml but no support for docx. With the exception of the GUI, WordGraph has a lot of nice features that could in certain circumstances become very handy.
  2. Accel, a spreadsheet application which can import xls, csv, txt but no support for xlsx. We had extreme difficulty importing even xls files from other programs but has no problem importing the xls files previously exported from Accel.
  3. General Utilities, a selection of helpful programs including an Address Book, Envelope Printer, Calendar, Notebook, System Overview with links integrated into other programs.

Overall, the selection is great. The tools are great but the interface has a really strong learning curve to get used to. This is a good selection for anyone looking for everything in one place. There has definitely been a lot of effort put into developing applications that are useful but has been tackled it an obscure way.

Due to the small file sizes, each application opens, runs and saves super fast even for older slow end systems.


Softmaker FreeOfficeSoftmaker FreeOffice is a free version made available from June 2012. It is a lite version of the commercial application Softmaker Office 2012. Softmaker is a German software developer who also specializes in office suites for both Linux and Android OS. BasicMaker the macro language isn't included in the freeware version. Bundled within the free version is:

  1. TextMaker, a fully functional word processor compatible with MS Word & OO Writer.
  2. PlanMaker, a complete spreadsheet solution with MS Excel & OO Calc compatibility.
  3. Presentation, a software presentation program with MS Powerpoint & OO Impress compatibility.

The advantages of the small installation file size mean low memory consumption and faster loading times. It comes complete with all the usual formulas & formatting features and won’t win any awards for originality. PlanMaker lacks any scripting or macro support making it unsuitable for the more advanced user.

There are a couple of annoying features your hit upon opening an application. The first is the tips window which pops up automatically on the right but can be disabled by selecting View>Sidebar>Hide. Within PlanMaker, the spell checker (and background checking feature) isn’t activated by default and is buried deep in the options to get it started. When loaded into the system, the SMASH quick launch starts at start up and floods your taskbar with four shortcut buttons which could have been better as a stacking window rather than individuals.

For free, Softmaker FreeOffice offers a simple, easy to use, basic featured solution that will run comfortably on slower computers and won’t use a great deal of space and resources. It can import all the latest file formats and supports direct PDF exporting.


Open Office & Variants

Apache Open OfficeApache Open Office is considered the father of open source freeware office products. Open Office has gone through a number of owners starting with StarDivision to Sun Microsystems, from Sun to Oracle, then finally from Oracle to Apache. Due to some elements of Open Office having Java dependency, a JRE (Java Runtime Environment) download is required directly from Oracle.

We found it difficult to get Base & Calc to fully work using the latest version (v7) of Java JRE and had to resort to a previous (v6 32bit only) in order to get it loaded without errors.

From all the office products available, Open Office (and it's variants) are the only ones offering a free database management application.

There are four main applications included with Open Office:

  1. Writer, a word processor that can import nearly all text file formats available, plus the ability for a direct PDF export. The interface is similar to Microsoft Office 2003 and with no 'ribbon' available.
  2. Calc, a spreadsheet that can import nearly all forms of spreadsheet formats. Within Calc there is support for scripting & macro's in the form of Basic, Javascript, Beanshell & even Python.
  3. Impress, a presentation application that can import ppt, pps, pptm, pptx presentation files. The layout is simple and stable enough.
  4. Base, a database management application that can create tables, forms, queries, reports, etc. It comes complete with Wizards to help transfer tables for forms etc.

All in Open Office is well rounded with a great support group and lots of help files and documentation. There is so much add-ons and file import & export formats that Open Office would be useful for both the novice users looking for a quick Wordpad alternative to Advanced users who can customize the source code for their own requirements.


LibreOfficeLibreOffice began life in January 2011. During the acquisition of OpenOffice by Oracle from Sun Microsystems, some members of the project were concerned that Oracle would cease or restrict development of and started 'The Document Foundation'. Oracle eventually ceased commercial development of paving the way for LibreOffice to gain a major fan base, the child of this collaboration based on the source code.

As with Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice still requires 32-bit Java (JRE) for full operation but is currently working out the Java dependency. Decisively heavier 205MB compared with 123MB from Apache, the GUI is fresher and modern and the support base is constantly growing. LibreOffice releases more updates and has better compatibility for importing from other office suites. Although we don't see where the additional 80MB's are used there must be some background stability issues addressed for that hefty increase.

The main differences from Apache OpenOffice include:

- Find / Find & Replace are separate options
- Clear direct formatting instead of default formatting
- No media player
- No record macro option
- Undo instead of Can't Undo
- Redo instead of Can't Restore

- Delete Page Break instead of Delete Manual Break
- Page Break instead of Manual Break
- Insert > Names has additional 'Manage'

- Additional 'Title Page' option

- No Wizard upon opening (by default)
- Snap Lines instead of Guides


Discontinued: IBM Lotus SymphonyIBM Lotus Symphony has a unique interface that runs all the applications within a master window. Each application has its own tab and the universal menu system updates according to which application you are working in. The layout is a little awkward with the old style (pre ribbon) menu bar at the top for the popularly used items  (new, print, copy, paste, bold, justify etc) followed by a hidable side bar with a movable 'ribbon ' like interface which is where font, size, styles, clipart are located.

Unlike other suites based on OpenOffice, ILS only has three main applications included (with the exception of an integrated web browser based on Firefox):

  1. Lotus Symphony Document, a word processor which can open all Open Document Formats & Microsoft Office along with the variants and corresponding templates (odf, doc, docx, rtf, txt).
  2. Lotus Symphony Spreadsheet, a spreadsheet application which can import all the standard document formats (sxc, xls, xlsx) with a handy disclaimer that general compatible Microsoft Office documents main not display some formatting correctly (with an option to discard in future).
  3. Lotus Symphony Presentation, a presentation application which can import from MS Powerpoint (odp, ppt, pptx).

Generally speaking IBM Lotus Symphony is a nice clean office suite; the master window housing the individual applications does actually work well especially having a thumbnail (and search) facility for all open documents making it really easy to work with multiple files without taskbar clutter. The only issue is the annoying (portrait) side panel which is really cumbersome to use especially if working with smaller screen resolutions.

Effective from 2012, IBM have supplied the original source code to Apache for integration into the next OpenOffice 4 instalment which should be released as an IBM Edition.


Cloud / Online Office Suites

With recent development of smart phones, tablets & netbooks the need for online file sharing has never been greater. The 'cloud' is an online storage and sharing medium designed to share out an array of files over multiple devices. The selection of freeware cloud applications reviewed below allow a web-based interface to create, upload, save & share all variants of word processors, spreadsheets & presentation documents. As the files are online, a document can be created at home on a pc, updated on the train on a smart phone and finished at work just in time for that all important presentation.


Google DriveGoogle Drive was formed earlier in 2012, Google integrated their Docs suite into their online cloud storage called Google Drive. A generous 5GB of storage space is available (although shared throughout Google services - except Gmail) for saving the three main applications.

  1. Document, a straightforward word processor with all the most commonly used features crammed into one single menu-bar. The interface is similar to the older pre-ribbon style menu making it familiar for nearly everyone who uses it.
  2. Spreadsheets, a spreadsheet application that can import all major formats including xls, xlsx, ods, csv, txt, tsv & tab. It does an excellent job of maintaining the original file formatting & cell formulas.
  3. Presentation, a presentation creation application which allows uploading of popular file formats and allows importing of specific slides to help with organizing & creating.

The great feature with Google Drive is the ability to upload multiple files and multiple types quickly which automatically gets added it their native formats allowing sharing or importation to Google directly.

Additionally, Google Drive has the function to translate the whole document to over 50 other languages allowing a copy to be saving and maintaining the integrity of the original document.


ThinkFreeThinkFree Online is another cloud suite. The first thing I found when trying to register for ThinkFree was the difficulty of finding the login & registration screens. Upon registration, the initial interface is quite warm and inviting, creating a document was harmless but due to the interface being Java based, there are 8px;a few security prompts.

When getting into the nuts & bolts, the interface was fantastic, to the untrained eye could easily be mistaken for an actual desktop application than a cloud but unfortunately due to it's Java dependency seemed to run slow and continually load each .jar part when hovering over or clicking anything. This eventually sub-sites on previously accessed options but happens every login, it can sometimes take a few seconds from click to load.

The three main applications found are:

  1. Write, a word processing application similar to the MO 2003 interface. As with all the others, can natively import all the doc, docx, txt, dot, htm & xml formats expected with an online office application.
  2. Calc, a spreadsheet application again similar to the MO 2003 interface. Calc can import xls, xlsx, xlt, csv, xml, txt & htm. Import formatting and formulas are retained nicely upon import.
  3. Show, a presentation application with the ability to import ppt, pptx, pps & ppsx.

Everything considered, ThinkFree Online is an excellent representation of what is possible with a cloud suite. If it weren't for the constant loading and stability issues this would win the best award in it's class.


ZohoZoho registration is simple and easy, all that's required is a username, email address and a password. After registration has been completed you have the option of choosing your custom portal name when has an associated URL which can be shared giving direct access to your files for the people who you want.

For free you have 1GB of storage available across 50 workspaces. Within this included space you can host files which are don't have native import from Zoho (example wps) for others to download in collaboration.

There are three main packages that Zoho offer for free include:

  1. Writer, a word processor that can import from doc, docx, odt, rtf, html, htm & txt. The interface is simple and follows a thinner 'ribbon' style interface traditionally found in later versions of MS. Quick loading times and a rich source of features make Zoho an excellent choice for online work sharing.
  2. Sheet, a spreadsheet application that can import from xls, xlsx, sxc, ods, csv & tsv. Following the same thin 'ribbon' bar you have access to lots of features including the macro recording ability and VBA editor.
  3. Show, a presentation application that can import ppt, pps, odp, sxi, pptx & ppsx. This application has lots of drawing tools included to make presentation creation easy to complete.

Some neat features included are the pop-up shortcut format bar which lets you do quick adjustments without fumbling through menu's. The PDF export function is excellent allowing for a direct PDF download and lastly within Sheet when an auto formula updates the cells effected highlight allowing the knock on effect to be seen.

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Quick Selection Guide - Proprietary Office Suites

WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office)
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Familiar office interface, easy to pick up, tabbing within each application, direct PDF output
Opens a browser link when application starts, switch UI popup annoying
45.4 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
SSuite Office - Excalibur Release
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very fast start-up speeds, Simple and not distracting, nice spreadsheet editor.
Word processor is lacking in many areas, many programs are loaded that you may never use, some may find the "old fashioned" look not to their liking.
41.6 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Softmaker FreeOffice
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Small, fast & simple. Easy to pick up and use.
No macro/scripting, intrusive tips bar, very limited features
Rev 675
32 bit only
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Required for portable version to work
rev 675 released 24 December, 2012
Get FreeOffice from Softpedia.

Quick Selection Guide - Open Office & Variants

Apache Open Office
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Long standing support, includes Database application
Java dependency requiring Java installation
136.78 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Linux (Most Distros), Mac

Required JRE (Java Runtime Environment) v6 32bit Only
Get Open Office from Filehippo.

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very easy to use and learn, very extensive file support.
Java dependency requiring Java installation
211 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
All Windows 98 / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Linux (rpm, deb), Solaris (x86,SPARC), Mac
IBM Lotus Symphony
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Very nice layout, tabbed interface, based on OpenOffice source code.
Many formatting tools are very complicated to use.
555 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7, Linux (Most Distros), Mac.

NB Fix pack 3 should also be downloaded to correct critical security issues.

Quick Selection Guide - Cloud Office Suites

Google Drive
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Is a web service or web application
Pages load faster then other office suites, very easy to use. Gmail integration.
Must convert all file types to google doc file type in order to edit them online.
Unrestricted freeware
Web based

Internet connection required.

ThinkFree Online
Is a web service or web application
Excellent interface, easy to find & use features
Very slow, tends to lag when clicking any options
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Web based
Is a web service or web application
Very easy to use, tabbed document editing allows for multiple documents at once, compatible with all file types, and many collaboration features.
Can be intimidating for people who first see it, kinda cluttered.
Unrestricted freeware
Web based

Internet connection required.


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by rsarneckysr on 19. December 2014 - 13:30  (120155)

Greetings All!

From a an academic point of view - if you use OUTLINING on a regular basis there appears to be NO BETTER CHOICE than WPS aka Kingsoft.

Why? Because it works the SAME as Microsoft Office.

ALL other suite choices are not very intuitive when outlining. In fact they are annoying to use.

I have NOT SEEN this mentioned in any review or comments.

Hopefully, this helps in choosing your "go to" office suite.

To all, happy, safe and healthy New Year 2015!

by hanzfanz on 5. December 2014 - 18:52  (119987)

Just got done downloading WPS Kingsoft, and it appears as is the free version has been modified to a trail period and then a monthly rental.

by Anupam on 5. December 2014 - 19:17  (119988)

Yes, it now includes a trial of home premium version for 30 days. The suite remains free though.

by rickybobby on 29. November 2014 - 22:20  (119906)

I would like to share a word of caution about WPS office if you want to install it on a system that already has MSO2007 (hey, I cannot afford to take the risk of uninstallig it altogether, I have some important encrypted docs that need MSO2007 to work).
So, I installed WPS in my PC and it worked great, however, every time I wanted to launch Word or Excel the MSO 2007 setup program launched automatically and took a while before I could use them.
This lasted for about a week, until I decided to uninstall WPS and everything went back to normal after that.
Am I the only one who faced this issue?
Perhaps WPS office "borrows" some official system files from MSO2007 to work properly?

by v.laurie on 30. November 2014 - 0:36  (119907)

I can't say what is really going on but it sounds to me like there may be a file association problem.Anyone else have ideas?

by rickybobby on 1. December 2014 - 3:35  (119919)

I thought the same initially. So I set MSO2007 as my default suite and de-selected all file associations within WPS. Nothing changed, even after a reboot. WPS forums were not of any help. The only solution that worked was uninstalling WPS.
I can add my brother is having the exact same problem, the only difference being his machine runs WinXP.

by joeguru on 24. August 2014 - 20:37  (118186)

Kingsoft is now called WPS Office.

by MidnightCowboy on 25. August 2014 - 5:08  (118190)

Thank you. The name has now been changed. MC - Site Manager.

by skan on 13. May 2014 - 18:04  (116217)


What free program is able to manage spreadsheets with an unlimited number of rows?
I'm only aware of two [edited out] but they are both commercial.

by willtell on 13. May 2014 - 0:19  (116207)

I can't believe u could put SSuite Office on a par with softmaker FreeOffice. Whilst ssuite is kinda retro and likeable, get real. Load a multi tabbed excel spreadsheet, graphics and all, into softmaker no problem. ssuite can barely support old excel IV single sheet spreads. Not to mention almost non existent file type support xls rtf txt and that's u'r lot. Crazy!

by Baguadude on 12. May 2014 - 2:40  (116180)

My vote goes for LibreOffice. What I like of it (aside from the fact that it feels like OpenOffice but this one is like a breath of fresh air) is the pletora of useful extensions ( you can add to the suite.

I didn't like Kingsoft's EULA (we will collect personal information for marketing purposes) and offered to install Glary Utilities during the installation, so I stopped at that point.

by shannon4599usa on 5. May 2014 - 21:31  (116050)

Of all the office free ware I prefer the TextMaker. now known as free office.

Lotus, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, OxygenOffice, etc. are practically memory hogging clones!
Everytime I get them I end with some kind of windows error that closes my WinXp Computer.
Lotus Office is the root for all of them and if you choose one choose Lotus to prevent problems
with your system and to save on memory.

Kingoffice Doesn't have the the text color and likes other features.

AbiWriter is clumsy and slow. Very Limited Figures.

Textmaker is a breath of free air. Also hidden in the formats are image tools that like you do all kinds of transparency, photo editing tricks, if you want to freely move the image change the Frame mode and you can type over the image as well.
No fancy plugins and there a limited default text color palette you can always per session edit a color and save it to change text colors.

by crombierob on 6. May 2014 - 4:45  (116051)

I have used Kingsoft Writer a few times now, and I cannot fault it (and my gut feeling likes it).
When you mentioned Kingoffics, is that the same program ?
If so, could you elaborate on what you do not like about it ?

PS I also found a couple of new uses for it (new for me) -

1) I have multiple portable versions of IceDragon, which allows me to have one for each category of my browsing.
It can get a bit confusing as to which is running, so I created a web page (In Writer), for each browser, and I open that in the left tab of each browser.

2) I am guilty of having too many tabs open. I am now more confident about bookmarking them all, and closing them all, and additionally saving them to html (FF's save to html).
I can then use Writer to prune those bookmarks, and save them as a web page. I can then open that file in a Tab in that category's browser, and in effect I have saved all my previously open tabs into one single tab.
I have done decades of programming, but virtually have no web (development) experience, so I am pretty pleased with Writer.

by CyberAlex1986 on 27. November 2013 - 17:17  (112577)

Hello again guys, i hate to see this amazing community wither down, most of the sections are barely updated anymore, for all those who are looking for a solid and Free office suite as far as i am concerned there are two options: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 or SoftMaker FreeOffice - an amazing Free office suite, SoftMaker always offered their older office packages for Free, few years ago they were giving away SoftMaker Office 2008 for Free, and it was a very good office suite.
SoftMaker FreeOffice is my top recommendation by far, and why?
It's absolutely Free, it is a full office suite that includes TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentation as alternative for Microsoft's Word, Excel and Powerpoint, amazing compatibility with all the microsoft office file's formats.
Amazing spell checking with free dictionaries for you to download, also you don't need to buy new license to change the language like is MS office.
There are tons of great features to explore, go here
check SoftMaker FreeOffice and never spend money on commercial software again.

by CyberAlex1986 on 17. November 2013 - 16:58  (112293)

I have recommended Kingsoft Office Free here almost a year ago, nothing has changed, it is still the best free Office suite, it has all i need: word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker, and it does all i ask of it. I work with dozens of documents open simultaneously, multiple document tabs make my life a lot easier, and so does the built in Office to PDF converter, and automatic spell check, and more than anything the absolutely best comparability with Microsoft Office documents.
The new user interface in Kingsoft Office Free 2013 is very easy to use and very good looking.

*Another thing, if you complete the survey on their website, you receive Kingsoft Office Pro for Free (1 year).

I know of all the other free office suits out there, for example SoftMaker's FreeOffice is not too bad.

But i have been using Kingsoft Free Office for over a year, why change something that is Free and works very well.

I'd definitely recommend Kingsoft Office Free 2013 again and again.


by Deep Lurker on 27. October 2013 - 17:16  (111806)

OpenOffice and LibreOffice still do not have a "normal" or "draft" view in their word processors. For me, that's an absolute showstopper. It's a showstopper for others as well, from some of the comments I've seen: E.g. "I'm not going to drive a car with three wheels even if it's free. I'm not going to use a word processor without Normal View either even if it's free."

Worse, it's an old problem ("Bug 4914" first reported 2002-05-15).

Worst of all, fixing this is *still* considered low-priority. Apparently people either view a normal/draft view in a word processor as a CRITICAL, NEED-TO-HAVE FEATURE! or else are genuinely puzzled as to why anyone could possibly ever want such a thing.

(And no, the "web view" is not an adequate substitute for the lack of a normal view.)

by paul bucuresti on 21. October 2013 - 12:43  (111638)

My last opinion of Kingsoft Office as of 20.10.2013 (sic! not 10/20/2013 haha!)- that's October 20th.
- wrong date format in most XLS files
- wrong decimal point format
- insert / overtype apparently not working
- interface problems in Win XP (only modern / ribbon works)
- autonumbers files when saving (e.g. if I open foo10.10.2013.doc and choose save as, automatically offers to save foo10.10.2014.doc and this was not my intention; this is forcing me to edit an additional character in the file name).
- at least *some* fields from MS WORD don't work, such as File name (in document's footer - it's not updating and if trying force update errors invalid bookmark; it's just the file name - what could be missing?
- XLS and DOC won't print from Win XP
I'm in the process of testing LibreOffice and Softmaker FreeOffice and return with my findings.
One more thing I've just noticed. Not only Kingsoft Office does not comply to the regional settings already set on the system, but it modifies them switching the dot and comma as decimal point and digit grouping symbol. I am 100% sure about this, because the current settings are just wrong and not typical for the selected country, but re-selecting the country to load the defaults corrected the settings. Even after uninstalling Kingsoft Office, the changed setting were not reverted to the pre-existing ones.

by Garibaldo on 18. October 2013 - 8:37  (111555)

I prefer FreeOffice, simply because I often need to switch files in Word, and Excel formats with my fellow students, and tutors - and this is the only office suite which opens, and saves Microsoft Office formats faithfully. ALL others destroy formatting!

by paul bucuresti on 15. October 2013 - 8:23  (111495)

I've tried Kingsoft office on a few computers and found several problems:
1. Under Windows xp sp3, printing of DOC and XLS files is not possible. XLS outputs empty page with "sheet 1" footer, while a 1-page DOC outputs completely empty page. Both files were created in Office 2003 and both print fine from OOOLligt (openoffice variant). Needless to say, the printer is configured correctly, has toner and works in all other apps.
2. Also under windows xp sp3, the headings of the rows (1,2,3 ...) and columns (A,B,C...) in the Spreadsheets appear black instead of gray so they are unreadable (black text on black background). Changing UI to the modern version solves this, but we wanted to use the classic ui. Reverting to classic UI also reverts the table headings to black.
3. Under both windows 7 and windows xp, Excel files saved with MS Excel lose date format ( is opened as mm/dd/yyyy). You can reformat the cells but this is a tedious task if you have lots of files. You need to modify the default date format (i've found this info on their website) by opening the Spreadsheets app with an empty sheet, typing in first cell 09/01/2012 (September 1st - why exactly the site specifically asks for this date? or was it just an example?) and reformatting it (custom) as you like it (e.g.) (resulting in 01.09.2012) then close the app.
Strange enough, on a computer where OpenOffice was installed, in XLS files saved from OpenOffice the date format (e.g. was kept.
4. Even if you modify date format, in the edit cell/formula field (up in the toolbar) the date is still written in the m/d/y format - completelly ignoring OS-level regional settings and locale.
5. The Spresheet ignores the locale/regional setting regarding decimal comma or point.
I can confirm files open a little faster than in Openoffice, but I suppose this come with less feature (no VBA, no XLSX real support, ignoring locale settings).
For me, these all are a deal-breaker so I guess I will have to try softmaker or back to openoffice.

by Lindaka on 12. August 2013 - 2:54  (110069)


In search to help my father with finding a nice free/cheap office suite I just downloaded Kingsoft Free. About the comment below, saying it not being docx compatible: I just opened my recently finished Masters thesis.docx with a lot of Office functions in it.

It just opened in Kingsoft and it looks almost the same (at some points even better)! Two things it wasn't able to do:
1. Show me the Word formula's which you can define yourself
2. Show me to Excel linked figures.

The other functions just worked the same as in Office 2010.

Have to say, I love this! I think i will advise my father to try this a while :-)

About Excel, as earlier commented: Great functionality, as far as I can see they have all functions used in Excel and as cherrie on the cake, files take a lot less time to load. The only thing I might miss every once in a while is VBA.

Oh, and by the way... they have a free suite that runs on Android, unfortunately i can't test that one right now ;-)

PS: About the spellcheck in another language, Kingsoft commented on a topic on their forum the following:
"If you need Spanish spelling check, we recommend you change dictionary for Kingsoft Office, then you can use Spanish spelling check function."

by jngiz on 14. August 2013 - 9:34  (110099)

Hi, I did not say it was not docx incompatible, I meant that I needed BOTH docx and SPANISH. I am aware of Kingsoft's comment about dictionaries, but if you look into it, it is not builtin nor easy to setup (especially if you want to switch languages on the fly, my case), so not really operative in my book.
About Docx compatibility, have you tried to save into that format? I was under the impression that you couldn´t in the free version; again in my book docx compatibility should be two-way.

I do have the android version, and find it very usable in my quick test (haven´t used it much), better than Softmaker´s.

by jngiz on 1. August 2013 - 12:59  (109823)

Hi, I need docx compatibility as well as a spanish dictionnary; so Kingsoft is not an option.
Among the free options with dictionnary and docx support, I have quickly tested for docx compatibility LibreOffice 4.1 and Ashampoo Office 2010 (free registration and SN)

Ashampoo is basicly Softmaker Office, and uses the same update files. Free registration here:

On my quick test, Ashampoo 2010 showed better docx compatibility, so I will use it for docx; Libre for occasional OpenOffice documents.

[Moderator's note: Unnecessary link to sample file deleted]

Update: out of curiosity I compared Apache OpenOffice 4.0 to Libre 4.1, and LibreOffice's docx compatibility is much better.

by George.J on 12. June 2013 - 3:15  (108474)

Kingsoft Office Free 2013 is here!

The interface has been radically changed and a lot cleaner, you don't need to get the full version to change layouts. Please update the review :D

by BrollyLSSJ on 23. July 2013 - 14:37  (109517)

The 2013 version is really nice. They also got a Linux version, which is in Alpha stage. The linux version can save xlsx.

by George.J on 23. July 2013 - 16:54  (109527)

Hope the Windows version could save in pptx, xlsx, docx (which is in plans) and it'll be the first freeware office suite to do this.

by presque_vu on 9. June 2013 - 3:57  (108396)

Does anyone know how to disable the browser link from opening when application starts in Kingsoft Office Suite?

by George.J on 16. June 2013 - 17:23  (108561)

Only paid version offers to disable this tab.

by presque_vu on 23. June 2013 - 1:27  (108670)

Hi George.J,
I disabled the tab in the free version following stefan555 directions. I've since done this on three computers and it has worked perfectly every time.


by stefan555 on 9. June 2013 - 4:35  (108397)

In Kingsoft Office 2012 Free there is a box in the bottom left corner and a text "Create blank Document when startup". A tick in the box will do the trick. You have to do it in all 3 programs (Writer, Spreadsheet and Presentation). I am not sure about Kingsoft Office 2013 Free, I upgraded to 2013 from 2012, so my settings are the same as I had in 2012, and I dont see a box there in 2013 Free.

by presque_vu on 9. June 2013 - 4:36  (108398)

I am using 2013. Writer does open to a blank doc but it also opens the browser link at the same time. It's really no big deal but if it's possible to disable browser link then that would be great.

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