Kingsoft Office 2012

Kingsoft Office 2012

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Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 161 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.1.0.3010
File Size:
61.08MB
Date Added:
September 12, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
669,199
Downloads Last Week:
1,713
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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.

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    out of 161 votes

    • 5 star: 83
    • 4 star: 43
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 14
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    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
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    "Read the Eula and see if want to play their way."

    July 31, 2014   |   By Terry Gay

    Version: WPS Office 2014 Beta 2 9.1.0.4746

    Pros

    Its a direct ripoff of MS Office 2010 in form and function.

    Cons

    The EULA plainly states that anything you create is the property of Kingsoft. This means they get any revenues legally if you should write anything for profit. This also begs the question - How do they know what you have written with their software unless they an embedded worm that sends them copies of everything you have written? This is worse than the NSA.

    Summary

    The fact that whatever you write is the property of the Chinese government should make you avoid this product as though it were infected with Ebola. I am not sure if the program also has an embedded worm that sends them everything on your computer. Such a worm would not be picked up by your anti-virus software. The risk is too great for accepting this software no matter how well they cloned Microsoft's property.

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