Although Microsoft Office still dominates the marketplace, there are plenty of free alternatives that do a reasonably good job of duplicating many of its features. Kingsoft Office Free comes with three programs--Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentation--that seek to compete with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively. They're not perfect, but if you're checking out free alternatives to Office, Kingsoft products are definitely worth a look.
We started with Kingsoft Writer, throwing it a challenge by attempting to open a Word document full of tables. The result was a jumble of foreign characters--not an auspicious start, especially considering the fact that Kingsoft claims that Writer can open all Word documents. For reasons we can't explain, the program handled other Word documents containing tables with no problems. Writer itself contains all the typical word-processing features that we've come to expect, with plenty of tools for formatting, inserting, spell checking, and so on. If there are significant differences between Writer and Word's abilities, only very advanced users of Word are likely to notice. The same was true of Spreadsheets; the program had some trouble handling spreadsheets created in Excel when it came to summing data in predefined cells, but workbooks created from scratch in Spreadsheets worked just fine, and all the typical spreadsheet features were present. Presentation handled existing PowerPoint files just fine, and had plenty of design templates to choose from. All three programs come with comprehensive Help files that explain their features. If you're very concerned about the compatibility of Microsoft Office files, Kingsoft Office Free might not be your best choice. But if that's not a huge priority or you're willing to put up with a few annoyances, we think Kingsoft Office Free is a great choice. It has nearly all the features you'd expect from an office suite in a lightweight package, and it's free, too.
Kingsoft Office Free installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.
Kingsoft Office 2012 utilizes over two decades of global award winning experience to bring you the complete user-friendly office suite. It can create, view, edit and share the documents, it consists of Kingsoft Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheet. These three powerful programs can perfect meet your requirements for both daily office work and professional business. The Kingsoft Office 2012 can be run on the Windows 7 and is also compatible with all the latest Microsoft Office formats, it will create, view, edit and save documents created with Microsoft software, Meanwhile, Microsoft Office can also open Kingsoft files without having Kingsoft Office installed on that computer. The standout feature of Kingsoft Office 2012 is its incredible efficiency. Quick and easy to download and install, it takes up minimal space on your hard drive. This allows for the capability of your computer to never slow down or ever become sluggish as with some other office suites. Moreover, Kingsoft Office 2012 has a built-in PDF converter, which allows users to convert all Kingsoft files as PDF files. That means users can open, read and edit any PDF files, as well as save documents as plain text documents or export them as PDF files by using Kingsoft Office 2012. In addition, Kingsoft Office 2012 increase a new features, which is automatic spell check. Now a built-in spelling checker you can use to proof your document, if the word is spelt incorrectly a red underline will appear beneath the word. New features: Chief among these is a new Blank Document icon and Open icon included for times when no document is yet opened. These options can aid you in quickly creating new documents or opening any pre-existing documents. The updated version has also corrected certain bugs, including launch speed, scroll bar, Table Style option, and more.And an important bug is that you need not enter the serial in the new updated version, in another way, it is a totally free version without any serial.
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Version 188.8.131.5210 adds some of office templates, such as PPT template, excel templates. Chief among these is a new Blank Document icon and Open icon included for times when no document is yet opened. These options can aid you in quickly creating new documents or opening any pre-existing documents. The updated version has also corrected certain bugs, including launch speed, scroll bar, Table Style option, and more.And an important bug is that you need not enter the serial in the new updated vers... See all new features »