Best Free Office Suite

 
Introduction

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

 
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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 OpenOffice.org and started 'The Document Foundation'. Oracle eventually ceased commercial development of OpenOffice.org paving the way for LibreOffice to gain a major fan base, the child of this collaboration based on the OpenOffice.org 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:

Universal
- 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

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

Writer
- Additional 'Title Page' option

Impress
- 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)
4
 
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
http://www.wps.com/
9.1.0.4550
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
3
 
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.
http://www.ssuitesoft.com/
4.12
41.6 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Softmaker FreeOffice
3
 
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
http://freeoffice.com/
Rev 675
58.7MB
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 http://freeoffice.com/en/support/tips/installation
rev 675 released 24 December, 2012
Get FreeOffice from Softpedia.

 
Quick Selection Guide - Open Office & Variants

Apache Open Office
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Long standing support, includes Database application
Java dependency requiring Java installation
http://www.openoffice.org/
4.0
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.

LibreOffice
4
 
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
http://www.libreoffice.org/
4.2.3
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
4
 
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.
http://symphony.lotus.com
3.0.1
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
3.5
 
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.
http://docs.google.com/
Unrestricted freeware
Web based

Internet connection required.

ThinkFree Online
3.5
 
Is a web service or web application
Excellent interface, easy to find & use features
Very slow, tends to lag when clicking any options
http://online.thinkfree.com/
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Web based
Zoho
3.5
 
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.
http://www.zoho.com/
Unrestricted freeware
Web based

Internet connection required.

 
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by Anupam on 9. June 2013 - 7:22  (108405)

We do not permit posting of non-English sites.
Alpha software won't be considered.

Also, for Linux, there is a different section on the site anyways, so the software for Linux will be considered there. Of course, the supported OS can be updated here, in the Quick Selection Guide.

by stefan555 on 7. June 2013 - 13:39  (108361)

Kingsoft Office Free 2013 has been released:
http://www.kingsoftstore.com/index
It's not obvious where to find the download link, it's on the page I linked to. Then there is a slide show of 3 products. The first product in the slide show is Kingsoft Office Free 2013, and thats where you find the download link.
The download page still links to Kingsoft Office Free 2012.

by Anupam on 7. June 2013 - 14:34  (108363)

The page for the software is here, and the download link can be found there too:

http://www.kingsoftstore.com/software/kingsoft-office-freeware

Unfortunately, both the official download links on the page lead to CNET, which use their wrapped downloader around the program. Not recommended. There is however a direct link below, which can be used.

FileHippo has the download too... much better download site than CNET:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_kingsoft_office_suite_free/

by stefan555 on 7. June 2013 - 14:50  (108366)

The link I posted does not lead to CNET. It links to Kingsoft. I am aware of the CNET download links on the site, thats why I explained how to find the download link to the unbundled exe.

by Anupam on 7. June 2013 - 15:12  (108367)

OK, I got it now. The download link on the slide show leads to this page:

http://www.ksosoft.com/product/office-free.html

and there you can find the download directly from Kingsoft.

So, this is the link you should have shared :).

Edit: I just noticed, it leads to a different site. Strange. Didn't know about this site before. Seems like it's just for the free office suite.

by stefan555 on 7. June 2013 - 15:38  (108370)

Yes sorry, I noticed I was too fast to copy and paste, so I got the wrong link. Good you got it anyway.
I havnt seen the Ksosoft site before either.
I noticed one issue Kingsoft got fixed. I use a Swedish keyboard and I couldn't use the Alt Gr + another key before in Kingsoft Office, so for example @ and \ was impossible to type. I know some other European keyboards had the same issue. Its fixed in this new version.

by crombierob on 7. June 2013 - 14:26  (108362)

In my post (about 6 posts down this page) I mentioned that I tried the 2012 version and the rendering of an excel file was not 'true', and the general look of the program was not nice.
I purchased another fairly well known one, and it rendered that excel file properly ('true'), and the program itself looked tons better.
Have you tried the spreadsheet program in Kingsoft Office Free 2013 ?
Does it look better than the 2012 one ?

by stefan555 on 7. June 2013 - 14:45  (108365)

I have not tried it yet, I will do it in the weekend. I noticed you can change interface style. So if you don't like the old traditional MS-Office 2003 style, you can get something more like a MS-office 2007-2010 style in the interface. So it looks a lot better than 2012

by West Swan on 26. May 2013 - 8:22  (108037)

Hello,

I am setting up an old laptop (Pentium m) with Windows 7

It runs fine even with only 1Gb of memory which it has.

However, Office (the Microsoft Variety) is quite slow.

All the person needs is to be able to open word, excel and powerpoint formats e.g. .doc and .docx

Which of these reviewed office suites would use the least memory, cpu etc in your opinion?

Regards,

Paul

by majoMo on 26. May 2013 - 14:31  (108042)

Hi 'West Swan',

I had a similar experience like your: my old PC with OS Win XP had Office 2003 installed and to open a office document was too slow.

I uninstalled it with my ZSoft Uninstaller log (after doing the standart uninstall) and then installed 'SoftMaker FreeOffice'. Now I open a Office file very quick and using it it's very reliable for what I want in my old XP machine.

'SoftMaker FreeOffice' is able to open all Office file formats like .doc and .docx (the free version doesn't save in .docx or .xlsx, but I don't need that feature in my XP machine: when needed I use my Seven PC with Office 2010).

Hoping you stay satisfied with your alternative choosed!

by West Swan on 27. May 2013 - 2:38  (108052)

Awesome. Thank you :-)

by crombierob on 21. May 2013 - 10:25  (107923)

I am not a cloud man.
In your other two categories, which of the better ones can do this -
Open a docx or xlsx file, and then save it as doc or xls

Thanks,
Rob

by crombierob on 22. May 2013 - 6:03  (107946)

Here is an update.
I installed Kingsoft, and it can open xlsx and save as xls.
The bad news is I don't like the looks of Kingsoft, and I did not like the way it displayed my sample xlsx file.

[Commercial reference removed]

by DaddyDiBs on 12. May 2013 - 14:12  (107700)

Just like to update Lotus Symphony download link, being a Lotus 123 fan here it is. Yes ole schoole...
http://www-03.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/products

by AJNorth on 9. May 2013 - 8:22  (107586)

LibreOffice has been updated to v4.0.3 Final (2013-05-09), 182 MB main installer (7.9 MB built-in help); release notes at https://www.libreoffice.org/download/release-notes/ .

by Drongo on 10. April 2013 - 5:08  (106948)

Unfortunately a lot of documents (especially spreadsheets) were developed in MS Office complete with macros.

As far as I can tell the only free suite menioned that has decent macro support for Excel spreadsheets is LibreOffice.

by PBJ on 2. April 2013 - 18:27  (106750)

Thanks for the reviews, but it should be noted that the KingSoft EULA is very strict in disallowing any use other than strictly personal, not even nonprofit. So i did not install it.

As for SSuite Office - Excalibur Release, this has many tools, but as an office type replacement it cannot match OpenOffice/LibreOffice, both of which i believe should be on top.

From what i found SSuite WordFormat2 is very limited, and neither it or WordGraph can even make columns or insert page numbers, make page borders and only the later can insert tables (but little formatting), and save as html, but it cannot serve as WYSIWYG web page editor.

Nor does it offer to mark spelling errors as you type, or toolbar and keyboard customization, or hardly any options at all, while all of these and much much more can be done under one free.o strings attached OOo or LO writer program.

I have over 15 documents open right now under OOo and it serves me well.

by Anupam on 2. April 2013 - 18:41  (106751)

Just wondering PBJ, since you have tried both LibreOffice and OpenOffice, which one do you find better?

by PBJ on 3. April 2013 - 19:51  (106787)

I find OpenOffice better perhaps due to something about default formatting, and the LO removal of page borders. Perhaps you can get the latter back now, but i use OOo to make web pages, and in fact i will say it is by far the best WYSIWYG program for that, and it found LO was rendering them a little differently, but it may have had to do with the template i saved.

As the old saying goes, "if it ain't broke don't fix it," however, LO seems to be the one to go with though, as it it may be improved more in the near future. And they both seem to have a quirk on paragraph spacing in tables on web pages.

I have both installed, and copied some things over (autocorrect, dictionary, toolbars, backup) and chose the same path for both to save autocorrect words to. I have lots of them.

by Anupam on 3. April 2013 - 20:33  (106789)

Thanks for the reply :).

Yea, LibreOffice seems to be in continuous development, and they are improving it rapidly. So, that's good. I was curious as to how they fared out.

by wickyd on 8. March 2013 - 12:34  (106041)

Please note that your License Type of Unrestricted freeware for Kingsoft Office Suite is false.

Please read their EULA:

the "Product" is a personal edition software, it shall be used only in personal computers, and shall not be used in the computers of legal persons or other organizations (including but not limited to government agencies, companies, enterprises, other organizations, etc.; regardless of the organization is an economic organization or not; regardless of the organization's usage is for profitable purpose or not).

Therefore, if you run a company from home, and are looking for a free office suite, it can't be used. Unfortunately, it can only be used in your personal capacity.

Subsequently, I don't think it deserves your Top Pick award.

by AJNorth on 7. February 2013 - 17:41  (105180)

LibreOffice 4.0.0 has been released.

Among many other changes, the main installer has been trimmed to 183 MB. An overview of the new version by ghacks.net (published before it became final) may be found at http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/07/libreoffice-4-0-changes/?_m=3n.0038.787....

by m22rdy on 7. February 2013 - 18:35  (105181)

Thanks AJ, updated.

I'll get an updated copy downloaded and get an 4.0.0 review online asap.

by AJNorth on 7. February 2013 - 18:47  (105182)

You're most welcome!

by ricwag1142 on 8. January 2013 - 2:57  (104312)

I just noticed the SSuite Office and downloaded it - will review. My suite now (thanks to Gizmo's) is Softmaker Office. Softmaker (free) may not include every possible option but, now that I've retired, I don't need every option.

My sense of what Softmaker offers is that the program(s) have everything I need for the time being. The main point for me is that everything loads quickly and has the smallest memory footprint of all applications listed. I have an older system and am limited as far as funds. While I hope to expand memory soon, I don't have much to spend on it now. Softmaker products use 1/3 or so memory of all other products I've evaluated and that is not only a plus for me but, at this point, a necessity. If you need that extra memory and don't need absolutely every option, I suggest Softmaker.

I'll look at SSuite Office and post back. As far as "cloud" goes, I suppose I'm just too old and set on certain things. I love the idea of online storage but I want my documents written on and stored on my hard drive. I have no doubt that this is now going in another direction. I may do likewise soon but, for now, I love everything that m22rdy has reviewed and, for my system, lean toward Softmaker.

by Explorer40 on 4. January 2013 - 17:01  (104223)

Nice reviews, thanks for the effort and volunteering your time. Downloaded Kingsoft Office after reading your review, didn't even know they existed and I'm very impressed. I use to run OpenOffice and it was very slow to load, Kingsoft loads immediately. Thanks!

by RushArt on 4. January 2013 - 5:26  (104210)

About time! Kingsoft Office have much better compability with MS Office.

And good job for thoroughly reviewing so many office suite. Keep up the good work!

by m22rdy on 4. January 2013 - 7:57  (104213)

Thanks! It took a while to thoroughly try each suite but I think we got there eventually :)

by dazzarg on 2. January 2013 - 18:58  (104176)

Definitely have to agree. Downloaded Kingsoft Office last week and I'm very impressed

by Jerry Rhino on 1. January 2013 - 16:02  (104145)

The correct link to download Softmaker FreeOffice is:
http://freeoffice.com/en/download
Although it is not listed as having a portable version, one is easily made. Download and install the regular version, then follow these directions to install on a portable flash drive:
http://freeoffice.com/en/support/tips/installation

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