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LibreOffice

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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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  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 152 votes

    • 5 star: 68
    • 4 star: 47
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

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    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good free Office suite but not professional"

    November 16, 2013  |   By fhansson999

    Version: LibreOffice 4.1.1

    Pros

    - Free
    - Low hardware demands
    - Support many formats
    - Formatting tools are good

    Cons

    - Still using Times new roman default
    - Cluttered user interface
    - Spelling is missing a lot
    - No hardware acceleration = slow scrolling and handling of large documents and spreadsheets
    - No integration in Windows startmenu and taskbar
    - No automatic updates for Windows
    - Help is very short in information
    - Not perfect DOCX formating
    - Very limited script language

    Summary

    LibreOffice works for students and personal use in most cases. It's free and therefore it's a pretty amazing sets of programs. Compared to MS Office it fells short in many areas. It's on pair with Office 2000 in features and user interface. Office 2003 is an overall better Office suite than LibreOffice today. Sticking to classic menus are good for some but user interface starts to be cluttered, just like pre-ribbon Office 2003 back in the days.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than OpenOffice or Kingsoft or MS Office"

    October 2, 2013  |   By burdlaw1

    Version: LibreOffice 4.1.1

    Pros

    Updated often, FREE, nice colorful interface, quick opening, clean look, fully compatible with MS Office formats, has Draw program that is nice extra.

    Cons

    no bugs noticed after year of use.

    Summary

    After comparing, even if it were not free, this one is tops. But for free it's spectacular. If you want the best Office suit, I recommend this one, LibreOffice.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Free MS Office Alternative!"

    September 8, 2013  |   By rasheed12824

    Version: LibreOffice 4.1.1

    Pros

    - All indispensable features for common users present
    - Quick loading time
    - Does what it says
    - Updated frequently
    - FREE
    - open source

    Cons

    no bugs encountered yet.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Fine freebie...But"

    September 1, 2013  |   By TheHulkPower

    Version: LibreOffice 4.1.1

    Pros

    No problem with this software and a fine product..

    Cons

    One thing it very slow opening the software to open my doc file...

    Summary

    So far kingsoft office free open so fast!

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