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Kingsoft Office Free 2013

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Kingsoft's Office Suite Professional 2013 offers affordable compatibility with Microsoft Office. Building on Kingsoft's popular Office Suite Free, the Pro version adds a new tabbed interface, VBA macros, intuitive table and paragraph tools, and improved exporting. And, unlike the freeware, no pop-ups. Office Suite Professional bundles Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentation. It runs in Windows XP to 8 and works best with at least 512MB of RAM and 1GB of free disk space.

We had several choices to make when installing Kingsoft Office Suite Pro, including associating it with Office formats like DOC and XLS and choosing from three interface styles: the new-for-2013 Elegant Black and Water Blue, and Classic, which has the familiar look of previous Office Suite releases. We have no faults with any of them: Both the new and old looks pack a lot of controls and features into the available space yet manage to do so without overwhelming the user; it's something they share with Microsoft's suite but not with some other would-be Office alternatives. Though not as extensive as Microsoft's options, Kingsoft's suite offers plenty of support, including a Help file, forums, and feedback tools.

With Microsoft Office alternatives, compatibility is the crucial factor, and Kingsoft's Office Suite tools excel in that department. We created, edited, and saved compatible documents in both Kingsoft and Microsoft's tools. Kingsoft's tools acquitted themselves well in looks and performance. Of course, Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013 isn't Microsoft Office; there are differences, and some entities require Office. But if you're looking for a productivity suite that goes head-to-head with Office in nearly every category except cost, try Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2013.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246. The trial version includes pop-ups.

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    • 5 star: 74
    • 4 star: 42
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 9
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    • 4 star: 5
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  • 4.0 stars

    "No Thesaurus"

    December 30, 2013  |   By dbben-usa

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    This review is for the writer module. The gui is nice and the editing window reminds me of old wordperfect wysiwyg.

    Cons

    There is no thesaurus feature/option. The suggestion has been made to download a small program called WordWeb which is a desktop spell checker and thesaurus that can work for across the board for all kinds of programs.

    Summary

    I am not sure how this office suite is touted to be better than MS Word and others when it is missing a highly important feature next to spell checking. Maybe it can be best summed up as it being a glorified WordPad. But adding the WordWeb program will definitely help us writers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "So much like Office but FREE"

    December 1, 2013  |   By gazzarazza

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    Office easy

    Cons

    still working on them

    Summary

    Once again it's free

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great replacement for Microsoft product"

    September 23, 2013  |   By boone52

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    Just downloaded , not sure of how great, but so far does the job.

    Cons

    Only small diffs, but seems easy to learn.

    Summary

    Recommend for matching Microsoft and being able to use my old docs that were from xp.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very Good MS Office alternative!"

    September 5, 2013  |   By AS2013

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    Easy to use & 99% compatible with all the most frequently used MS Office functions. Although I have only used the Free version of the Wordprocessing & the presentation, the spreadsheet full version is very good.

    Cons

    Not all the shortcut keys work in the same way as MS Office & version 2013 can only be bought as a complete package as opposed to seperate modules in version 2012.

    Summary

    Generally, a good package & even the Free version is a practical alternative to MS Office standard. However, the lack of a database module equvalent to MS Access makes it not quite an equivalent to MS Office Professional - but certainly much better than most of the other 'so called' equivalents!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Kingsoft Products - Cannot fault them !!"

    August 23, 2013  |   By benjaminjhill

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    I have been an avid use of Kingsoft Office on all platforms that I use; Android, iOS, Windows and now even Linux!!

    It is fully compatible with all Microsoft Office versions so that documents that I have created at work in Office 2010, I can come home and work on them, even on Linux (If you have Linux, remove Libre Office and use Kingsoft Office; although it is in an alpha stage and not a completed product, I have had no issues with it)

    The user interface is intuitive to use and I prefer it over the Microsoft Office interface; not only does it look better, the layout in terms of functionality is better laid out in my opinion

    Cons

    The only negative point in the free version is the inability to export documents in an older format (it reads them perfectly) so I would recommend paying for the upgrade; even as a student, as it represents better value for money.

    With the android version, the inability to export to PDF is a downside and I hope that they will address this!

    Summary

    Whichever operating system that you use I would recommend Kingsoft Office over every other free Office program out there as I believe it better than Open Office, Libre Office and why pay for Microsoft Office when this does it better and more intuitively.

    I could not recommend it more!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "KingSoft is the Free Office for us"

    August 22, 2013  |   By davidroper

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    Complete Office for 99% of us. Very nice software to use.

    Cons

    It's not Microsoft so it doesn't have snob appeal.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free office suite which I'll stick with"

    August 22, 2013  |   By Angileling

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    It has the most used features of Microsoft Office, and it's free. Nice UI and need no learning curve.

    Cons

    Some features are lack, such as thesaurus. Waiting this feature in next update.

    Summary

    Actually I have been using this software for like two years now. I used open office and libreoffice before, but I'm more interested in the rainbow-styled interface, so I killed these two. Kingsoft Office has most used features of Microsoft Office, and compatible with all Microsoft Office files. I have to mention that their support team is great and really helpful. So I'll stick with it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not Quite There"

    August 21, 2013  |   By tommygu3

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4246

    Pros

    Very much like MS Word in Office XP. Easy transition

    Cons

    Writer finds no errors with the following sentence: "I went to the store,then i went home." That's enough to keep me from using it.

    Summary

    I'm no typist, and i don't want to have to study each word and punctuation mark to see if i ran them together.

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