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George.J 13. Jul 2014 07:57 AM

WPS Office Free 2014 (formerly Kingsoft Office)
 
Kingsoft Office will be called as WPS Office from now on.

The first beta version for WPS Office 2014 is released.

This is the website for WPS Office.

Kingsoft Office website is still online, and the 2014 beta version is available there. Couldn't find the same on the former website @ www.wps.com.

Note: The 2014 beta version is ad-supported. See below

First Wizard:
http://i.imgur.com/EjAmGuX.png

After installation:

http://i.imgur.com/fUhZXel.png

Anupam 13. Jul 2014 11:14 AM

On the Kingsoft website, it doesn't say beta for the new version. Does it show beta on installation? MajorGeeks too doesn't show the version as beta.

I too checked the WPS site yesterday, but did not find the 2014 version there. Will wait for it.

George.J 13. Jul 2014 11:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 101467)
On the Kingsoft website, it doesn't say beta for the new version. Does it show beta on installation? MajorGeeks too doesn't show the version as beta.

I too checked the WPS site yesterday, but did not find the 2014 version there. Will wait for it.

Here you can download the 2014 version: http://www.ksosoft.com/product/office-free.html

I found it first at Kingsoft Office Free 2014 Beta (Softpedia)

After download it shows Beta version...Here's the thread at their forum about the new version

Anupam 13. Jul 2014 03:28 PM

Thanks George. I will wait for the stable version on WPS site.

philamber 30. Jul 2014 07:46 AM

The feed from TopShareware.com indicates that Beta 2 has now been released.

George.J 09. Sep 2014 05:56 AM

Beta 3 is released....

Anupam 06. Dec 2014 07:32 PM

There is a new version of WPS Office available on their site now. There is no version number provided though.

It seems that with the free version, they are providing 30 days trial of Home Premium version.

I compared the size of the setup, and size being different, I downloaded the setup and installed WPS Office.

The new version is 9.1.0.4932.

On starting the installation, it will automatically uninstall the previous version of Kingsoft Office.

During the installation of Kingsoft Office, I was provided the option to install the desired tool, for example, the Writer. But not with this version of WPS Office. It straight away started installation, and all three components were installed. Disappointed by that. There should be an option to choose.

The Kingsoft Office still continues to exist and offer download of Kingsoft Office. However, on starting the download there, the size is 60.8 MB, the same one as the setup on WPS site. I wonder if the same setup will be downloaded.

George.J 07. Dec 2014 05:22 AM

http://i.imgur.com/3KE8sUO.png

Strangely 360IS on my laptop quarantined the file automatically after running the installer. It's a heuristic detection, so probably a false-positive, but this hasn't happened before. :|

Anupam 07. Dec 2014 09:34 AM

Including the WPS site, there are now three sites for Kingsoft/WPS Office. Here are the other two:

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

http://www.kingsoftstore.com/kingsof...-freeware.html

On the above two sites, different versions are shown... 9.1.0.4759.

Just to check, I downloaded it. The version I got was 2014 Beta 3. Does not say on the site that it is a beta version. They should display it clearly. There is no indication of the version number on current WPS site too. Should be there.

The download from both the sites are from WPS site though. Don't know what's happening.

Anyways, seems like the version obtained from WPS site is not beta.

George.J 07. Dec 2014 01:45 PM

Downloaded it again and this time there was no alert. The previous download was an incomplete one.

Good to see that there's no adware anymore in this stable version unlike the previous beta versions.

Anupam 07. Dec 2014 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by George.J (Post 105870)
The previous download was an incomplete one.

Forgot to mention in my previous post about the download. I tried to download WPS Office twice with Free Download Manager, and both times, the download will just get stuck at 99%, and won't complete, even though it showed that the full size had been downloaded. I then had to download it with Firefox, which downloads as a single segment. Quite strange.

George.J 08. Dec 2014 03:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 105876)
Forgot to mention in my previous post about the download. I tried to download WPS Office twice with Free Download Manager, and both times, the download will just get stuck at 99%, and won't complete, even though it showed that the full size had been downloaded. I then had to download it with Firefox, which downloads as a single segment. Quite strange.

Same for me too. Since I'm currently testing Internet Download Accelerator, I tried to download with it twice, it was incomplete, and reduced the number of threads to 1, and it finished fine.

Seems like the problem is in the server which doesn't support multi-threaded downloads.

Anupam 08. Dec 2014 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by George.J (Post 105891)
Seems like the problem is in the server which doesn't support multi-threaded downloads.

If that's the case, then it should show this upfront, when starting the download. It downloads fine with multi-threads with a download manager, until the download size is complete, but does not complete the download fully. That's really frustrating.

In case resume support is not there, the download manager does show it, but no such thing was shown for this download.

George.J 08. Dec 2014 09:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 105896)
I It downloads fine with multi-threads with a download manager, until the download size is complete, but does not complete the download fully. That's really frustrating.

In case resume support is not there, the download manager does show it, but no such thing was shown for this download.

Yeah when the download is nearly completed, it will try to merge the segments together to one file, that's where it fails.

Anupam 09. Jan 2015 07:44 PM

I had downloaded the latest version of WPS Office from their site, and it now comes with a trial of 30 days, after which it reverts to the free version.

However, after the trial version ended a day ago, I noticed in the information window that came up, features that will be available in premium version, and not free. Among these were the noticeable ones that files cannot be saved in docx, xslx, pptx format.

These restrictions were not there in the earlier free versions I guess.

This is what I had feared will happen ultimately... either the suite will go fully commercial, or restrict some important features in the free version.

I am thinking of going back to the last pure free version, but I deleted it from my software collection, unfortunately :(

J_L 09. Jan 2015 08:14 PM

It's still available here, so get it while you can: http://www.ksosoft.com/product/office-free.html

Jojo Yee 10. Jan 2015 05:27 AM

Just downloaded the latest version (9.1.04932) of WPS Office for Windows, free Home Basic Edition. Some full features as seen here are restricted to Home Premium and Business editions after a 30-day trial of the Basic Edition.

Also just downloaded the latest version of WPS Office for Linux. It carries a higher version number 9.1.04945 (though tagged as Alpha 16 Patch 3).

Good news for Linux users if it does not follow the route of the Windows version. Currently the Linux version has only one edition with full features available for free. :)

Anupam 11. Jan 2015 02:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by J_L (Post 107038)
It's still available here, so get it while you can: http://www.ksosoft.com/product/office-free.html

Thanks J_L, but if you see the page, it is the office 2014 version. Only the title of the page, which appears in the browser tab says office 2013, but it is quite misleading.

Kingsoft Office 2013 however, can be downloaded from here:

http://www.kingsoftstore.com/writer-free.html

Although the page is for Writer only, and similar pages for Spreadsheets and Presentation are there, but the download offered on all three pages is for Office 2013.

Currently downloading that.

In this version, individual Writer, Spreadsheet, and Presentation can be installed separately, or selectively, during the installation, which is also an advantage.

It is quite a shame, however, how Kingsoft have taken away this important feature of saving files in docx, xlsx, or pptx formats from the free version.

J_L 11. Jan 2015 10:41 PM

Yes but it is an earlier version of Kingsoft Office 2014, the last one before the trial was introduced.

Anupam 12. Jan 2015 08:42 AM

Oh okay, I will download that one and check it out. Thanks.

Joe A.TT 15. Jan 2015 02:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 107075)
Oh okay, I will download that one and check it out. Thanks.

So could this version save to the newer formats? Have you tested it yet? My machine is still down so I can't make a note.

J_L 15. Jan 2015 04:27 AM

Yes, that's why I recommended it in the first place. They've now taken down the bigger download now button, but the smaller one next to the presentation tab still works. But don't click that tab unless you want the 2013 version.

Anupam 15. Jan 2015 11:58 AM

I can confirm that the latest version of WPS Office 2014, 9.1.0.4932, does not allow you to save word files in docx format.

The version that J_L suggested is version 9.1.0.4759, but on installing it says 2014 Beta 3. So, it seems that it is a beta version, and I am somewhat uncomfortable using a beta version, even if it will work without an issue.

But yes, it does allow saving of word files in docx format.

Well, I will keep this version installed on my PC. Let's see. I have kept Kingsoft Office 2013 with me, in case I have to go back to it.

But it does make you feel cheated, and makes you wonder if the company made users try the free version to see if it worked well, and when the software was indeed considered excellent, and was proving to be a great alternative to MS Office, they introduced a commercial version, and put restrictions on the long running free version. Makes the users of free version, like beta users. It's bait and switch.

Joe A.TT 15. Jan 2015 02:06 PM

Anupam, I suppose you are referring to version 9.1.0.4550. I see Softpedia has that version listed here with the following note...
Quote:

Please note that we will not update Kingsoft Office Free to WPS Office Free, since the updated software does not come with a freeware version, it only comes as a trial edition listed here.

Anupam 15. Jan 2015 06:49 PM

No Joe, I wasn't referring to version 9.1.0.4550. If you notice, that's the version 2013. This is the last version of Kingsoft Office, before it became WPS Office. This is the version that has full features for free, including saving as docx, etc.

However, the version that J_L provided link for, downloads the version 9.1.0.4759, which is what my post was about. That's the version for WPS Office 2014, but as I wrote in my post, the version exactly is 2014 Beta 3, which is a beta version. But, it does have the ability to save files in docx.

The final (and also the latest) version for WPS Office 2014 is 9.1.0.4932, which does not allow you to save to docx formats.

Joe A.TT 15. Jan 2015 08:05 PM

Now you've really got me confused. I post #23 you say...
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 107182)
I have kept Kingsoft Office 2013 with me, in case I have to go back to it.

...and now in post #25 you say...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 107197)
No Joe, I wasn't referring to version 9.1.0.4550. If you notice, that's the version 2013. This is the last version of Kingsoft Office, before it became WPS Office. This is the version that has full features for free, including saving as docx, etc.

In other words, 9.1.0.4550 is not the last version of Kingsoft before it became WPS and that is the version that you are referring to.

Could you tell me what version number that is?

Jojo Yee 16. Jan 2015 01:28 AM

I'm keeping Kingsoft Office 2013 (version 9.1.0.4550) for Windows, probably also known as "last free unlimited version" which can save Word and Excel files in docx and xlsx formats, the pptx output format has not been supported in that version though. The newer free versions are named WPS Office with more limited features.

I hate to see the Online Template to start with Kingsoft Office, but there're two ways to disable it.

The Easy Way:
1. Open a blank document.
2. Go to Options > General and Save
3. Select "Start with: New Document"

The Hard Way:
1. Run regedit
2. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Kingsoft\Office\6.0\com mon
3. Add a new key "wpshomeoptions"
4. Under the new key, add the following string values:
Name: StartWithHome, Value data: 0
Name: StartWithBlank, Value data: 1

J_L 16. Jan 2015 03:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe A.TT (Post 107199)
Now you've really got me confused. I post #23 you say......and now in post #25 you say...

In other words, 9.1.0.4550 is not the last version of Kingsoft before it became WPS and that is the version that you are referring to.

Could you tell me what version number that is?

I'm confused on how you became confused. Anupam clearly states 9.1.0.4550 aka 2013 is the last version of Kingsoft before it became WPS.

What we were referring to is 9.1.0.4759 aka 2014 Beta 3, which is the last version of WPS Office before it became a feature-limited trial.

Anupam 16. Jan 2015 10:56 AM

Joe, sorry for the confusion. I had hoped my post would be clear... guess not :).

Well, your post itself was confusing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe A.TT (Post 107186)
Anupam, I suppose you are referring to version 9.1.0.4550. I see Softpedia has that version listed here with the following note...

It was not clear in your post as to which part of my post you were referring to. I had a thought that you might be referring to the part about keeping Kinsoft Office 2013, but again, I wasn't sure. I then thought you might be referring to something else.

Anyways, to make myself clear again, when I talked about keeping Kingsoft Office 2013, I was referring to the version 9.1.0.4550. That's the last version of WPS Office as Kingsoft Office, and also the pure free version, without any trial version, or any limitations.

I have also kept and installed the 2014 Beta 3 version (9.1.0.4759) of WPS Office, which does have the ability to save files as docx format, but it is a beta version.

I hope it's clear now :D.

Thanks Jojo for the tip about Online Template. I too was going to find out how to disable it... irritates me too.

Joe A.TT 16. Jan 2015 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 107231)
Well, your post itself was confusing.

Sorry about that, and thanks for taking the time to explain. It's clear now. :)

Anupam 16. Jan 2015 01:33 PM

No problem, and welcome :).

Jojo Yee 17. Jan 2015 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 107231)
Thanks Jojo for the tip about Online Template. I too was going to find out how to disable it... irritates me too.

You're welcome Anupam.

The option for disabling the Online Template should be made available as it's not productive if you just need a blank document every time you start the app.

In Linux, this option was made available in Kingsoft Office for Linux Alpha11, but then it was missed out in the latest version WPS Office for Linux Alpha16 Patch3. I managed to get it to skip the Online Template by adding the following two lines in this config file ~/.config/Kingsoft/Office.conf

Common\wpshomeoptions\StartWithHome=0
Common\wpshomeoptions\StartWithBlank=1

It works for me and is quite similar to the way in editing the registry of the Windows version.

George.J 14. Feb 2015 05:21 AM

Did anyone notice this?

They are adding a watermark (although they are also mentioning about it) in Word documents that you print. Does this mean I can't print my own documents especially for projects without getting interfered by their watermarks.

I guess this is the end of the road. Since WPS has taken over its become worse.

George.J 14. Feb 2015 05:24 AM

Anyone has the direct link to the last truly freeware version without all this?

J_L 14. Feb 2015 07:55 AM

Here you go: www[DOT]wps[DOT]com/downloads/pc/wps_office_pc.exe

MidnightCowboy 14. Feb 2015 08:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by George.J (Post 108104)
Did anyone notice this?

They are adding a watermark (although they are also mentioning about it) in Word documents that you print. Does this mean I can't print my own documents especially for projects without getting interfered by their watermarks.

I guess this is the end of the road. Since WPS has taken over its become worse.

It's often all too easy to get carried away and start categorizing everything from the same locality but this has developed into a common practice. EaseUS, IObit, and now WPS have all, IMO, scammed users into testing out supposedly free software that then either goes commercial or becomes practically useless in its free state.

Anupam 14. Feb 2015 08:57 AM

I think the truly freeware version was Kingsoft Office 2013 9.1.0.4550. You can download it here:

http://filehippo.com/download_kingso...ice_suite_free

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-...ice-Free.shtml

Also read the note about WPS Office on the above page by Softpedia. Interesting.

I somehow had a feeling since the beginning that at some point of time, Kingsoft Office will screw things... and they will either stop the free version, and go commercial, or will screw up the free version, and that's what they did.

Really, as MC said, it seems like they scammed the users, and treated them like beta testers. Otherwise, why would they first offer functionality to save files in the latest MS Office formats, and then remove that from the free version later on.

George.J 14. Feb 2015 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy (Post 108110)
It's often all too easy to get carried away and start categorizing everything from the same locality but this has developed into a common practice. EaseUS, IObit, and now WPS have all, IMO, scammed users into testing out supposedly free software that then either goes commercial or becomes practically useless in its free state.

Rightly said.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 108111)
I think the truly freeware version was Kingsoft Office 2013 9.1.0.4550. You can download it here:

http://filehippo.com/download_kingso...ice_suite_free

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-...ice-Free.shtml

Also read the note about WPS Office on the above page by Softpedia. Interesting.

I somehow had a feeling since the beginning that at some point of time, Kingsoft Office will screw things... and they will either stop the free version, and go commercial, or will screw up the free version, and that's what they did.

Really, as MC said, it seems like they scammed the users, and treated them like beta testers. Otherwise, why would they first offer functionality to save files in the latest MS Office formats, and then remove that from the free version later on.

Thanks, I'll be using that. At-least it doesn't watermark by documents.

CASD 14. Feb 2015 04:33 PM

I guess no upgrading too....

EldonW 16. Feb 2015 02:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 108111)
I somehow had a feeling since the beginning that at some point of time, Kingsoft Office will screw things... and they will either stop the free version, and go commercial, or will screw up the free version, and that's what they did.

Really, as MC said, it seems like they scammed the users, and treated them like beta testers. Otherwise, why would they first offer functionality to save files in the latest MS Office formats, and then remove that from the free version later on.

I was pleasantly surprised the first time I visited Kingsoft Office in 2012. Apart from the free edition, the 3 programs, Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation were available separately. And anybody familiar with MSO 2003 could use them without any help. They didn't support the newer MSO 2007 formats or the ribbon interface.

Then they disappeared but, the free office suite added support for the MSO 2007 formats and the user could switch between the toolbar and ribbon interfaces. At just 45 MB, it was a great alternative to the open source office suites, and to MSO.

And now... it's going to die.

PS The version no. you quoted is indeed the last freeware version.
The only limitation is .pptx can be opened and edited, but not saved.


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