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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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best free Microsoft Office alternative"

    April 13, 2014  |   By Joel5121

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4514

    Pros

    - Can open & save as MS Office file format
    - Easy to use interface
    - Suitable for students

    Cons

    - Some formatting issues
    - Very slow to update/fix bugs

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best MS Office H&S alternative for home users."

    March 26, 2014  |   By ZetotoNitouhei

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4514

    Pros

    - Free
    - Can download applications separately
    - Lightweight (just over 100 MB for whole Free suit)
    - Easy to use UI, and is interchangeable with traditional UI
    - Highly compatible with MS Office file types, even the newer (albeit a little buggy)
    - Export to various formats
    - Resource friendly

    Cons

    - No real-time collaboration built in

    Summary

    Kingsoft Office Free 2013 should be the office suit of choice for home users. Why should you pay for MS Office Home & Student when you can get Kingsoft Office free edition that does almost everything MS Office H&S does? The free edition offers almost every tool H&S has.
    Those who hate the Ribbon UI can appreciate to have the option to switch to the traditional toolbar UI.
    The suit is surprisingly compatible with the new Office Open XML file format (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx), although it might display files saved in this format a little incorrectly.
    What should be added is built-in real-time collaboration, as Microsoft has started to do with the subscription-based Office 365.
    Overall, Kingsoft Office Free 2013 is the suit to go for any basic home user and for any school students that don't need the extra tools offered by Microsoft's Office.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Product, recommend it highly."

    March 18, 2014  |   By rbearit

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4514

    Pros

    Easy to install, easy to use, no problems so far.

    Cons

    None that I have experienced so far.

    Summary

    Great product and so glad I found it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good package, wish they did an Outlook equivalent!"

    March 17, 2014  |   By GrahamSivill

    Version: Kingsoft Office Free 2013 9.1.0.4514

    Pros

    Looks and behaves like MS Office 2003/2007 (and you can turn off the stupid ribbon unlike MS Office 2007!!

    Cons

    Isn't actually MS Office so not identical and some differences in operation but for £0.00 who's complaining!

    Summary

    If you're on a tight budget and don't want to fork out for the MS offering then this should be high on your list.

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