Best Free Office Suite

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Introduction

An office suite is a collection of programs, mainly consisting of a word processor, spreadsheet and 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-Source, an open-source office suite and various mods based on the same programming code making them similar to use.
  3. Online, a cloud or web based suite that can be used on the move; some even contain a mobile app for easy updating.

 

Proprietary Office Suite

WPS Office Free  

Most similar to Microsoft Office


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Limited features)
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.
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SSuite Office  

A huge collection of products designed to make any office task easier


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
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.
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Softmaker FreeOffice  

A lite version of the commercial application Softmaker Office


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free (Limited features)
Small, fast & simple. Easy to pick up and use.
No macro/scripting, intrusive tips bar, very limited features.
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Open-Source Office Suite

LibreOffice  

A fork from OpenOffice and an actively developed free and open-source office suite


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Open source)
Very easy to use and learn, very extensive file support.
Java dependency requiring Java installation.
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Apache OpenOffice  

A leading open-source office suite offering free productivity applications


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Open source)
Long standing support, includes Database application.
Java dependency requiring Java installation.
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Online Office Suite

Google Drive  

A reliable online office suite for storing, sharing and collaborative editing of documents


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Limited features)
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.
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Zoho  

An online office suite includes Writer, Sheet and Show


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free (Limited features)
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.
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ThinkFree  

An online office suite with Java dependency


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free (Limited features)
Excellent interface, easy to find & use features.
Very slow, tends to lag when clicking any options.
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Comments

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.

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.

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.

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