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When it comes to creating documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations, MS Office is the suite that comes to mind. But let's face it: Office is a pricey piece of software. Thankfully, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but they don't always live up to their promise. LibreOffice offers up a free alternative, and we found it on par with its more popular competitor.

LibreOffice opens with a main menu that let us select which application we wanted to use: Base, Calc, Draw, Impress, Math, and Writer. Each application's interface will look very familiar to you if you've used MS Office products. We started with LibreOffice Writer, the suite's word-processing application. We typed up a document and formatted it without any issues. The application saves documents as .odt files by default, which cannot be opened by MS Word. But to solve any compatibility issues, it does allow you to save it as a .doc file. We proceeded to check out Calc and Impress, the suite's spreadsheet and presentation programs. Like Writer, each program introduced a familiar interface. We were able to bypass the default .ods and .odp file types to MS file types and open them without any issues. And the Math and Draw applications were just icing on top of the cake of this capable suite of tools. Should you need it, each application includes a link that takes you to the Web site for support.

LibreOffice installs and uninstalls cleanly. Its tools work just as well as their pricey competitor's, and it's free. What else can we say? We highly recommend the program.

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    "Fantastic! Best Free Office Suite!"

    June 26, 2014   |   By pickycustomer

    Version: LibreOffice


    Flexible and versatile.
    Perfect for home, school and office.


    Java Runtime Environment (JRE) needed to be "fully functional".


    After Apache OpenOffice (AOO) was crashing almost constantly I began searching for a new free office suite. Once I started using LibreOffice (LO) crashes were a thing of the past. LO is more stable than AOO and saves projects to Microsoft formats better than AOO. LO uses the "odf" format as native but will handle a multitude of other formats. If you have an older MS Office document that MS Office will no longer open you will find LO will probably open it fine. Power users will need to install JRE. The vast majority of people will not need JRE.

    I conducted a massive research effort before deciding on LO. The research paid off. I read reviews from "real" experts and each of them had very few negative comments about LO. The experts work daily writing, creating power point presentations and using spreadsheets. Experts know what they are talking about.
    People who write negative reviews generally are searching for something to nitpick about. Or don't know how to use the software.

    Not only do I use LibreOffice, I highly recommend it.

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