Share data with Kingsoft Spreadsheets

This full-featured freeware is fully compatible with Excel.

Microsoft Excel dominates the spreadsheet software market, and for a long time it was practically mandatory if you wanted to be able to share data with colleagues, classmates, or anyone else. Fortunately for our wallets, free alternatives have developed that emulate Excel, providing most, if not all, of the same features without the cash outlay that Microsoft Office requires. Kingsoft Spreadsheets is a great free alternative to Excel, and we recommend it if you're looking for a powerful spreadsheet program that won't break the bank.

If you're at all familiar with Excel 2003, you'll quickly adapt to Kingsoft Spreadsheets, as the two programs' interfaces are virtually identical. Menus and toolbars adorn the top of the interface, employing labels and symbols that are so commonplace that they require no explanation. Users who are accustomed to the ribbon interface that characterizes more recent versions of Office will have to be prepared to step back in time, but given the fact that Kingsoft Spreadsheets does everything most users will need it to do, we think that's a small price to pay. The program is fully compatible with both XLS and XLSX files, and we had no trouble opening and working with existing files that had been created with Excel; files we created in Kingsoft Spreadsheets likewise functioned just fine when opened in Excel. We often find that free spreadsheet programs lack some of Excel's more advanced features, creating frustration when it comes to formatting or formulas, but Kingsoft Spreadsheets managed every task we threw at it. The program comes with a thorough and well-written Help file that explains its features. Overall, we think that Kingsoft Spreadsheets is a great alternative to pricey spreadsheet programs, and we recommend it.

Kingsoft Spreadsheets installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.

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