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Microsoft Office Competitors

The new Office software Office 2016 by Microsoft for the Windows operating system is about two weeks on market. But already there are full-fledged Microsoft Office Competitors, usually free or very much cheaper.

Office of Microsoft is the undisputed most successful Office software. Hardly a company or Office dispenses with the software. But the earlier high-price policy of Microsoft has meant that there are many alternatives. They are not only much cheaper or even free of charge, but sometimes even approaching on the original from which the version Office 2016 arrived in September on the market.

All competitors have commons and are compatible with Microsoft Office.

Office of Microsoft is the undisputed most successful Office software. Hardly a company or Office dispenses with the software. But the earlier high-price policy of Microsoft has meant that there are many alternatives. They are not only much cheaper or even free of charge, but sometimes even approaching on the original from which the version Office 2016 arrived in September on the market.

We present the most important competitors. All in common that they are compatible with Microsoft Office.

6 Calligra Office suite

Calligra Office suite
Calligra Office suite

The software is known only to insiders, but can do everything that an Office program and is also a scheduling tool and a drawing program. Calligra for Windows, Mac, and Linux is written.

5. Kingsoft Office

Kingsoft Office software
Kingsoft Office software

Kingsoft Office is a free alternative to Office also and looks pretty damn similar. Of course, Kingsoft Office has a word processor, a spreadsheet, and can convert all documents to PDFs.

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4. SoftMaker Office

SoftMaker Office
SoftMaker Office

The Nuremberg software company SoftMaker is even ahead of Microsoft: since may, there are already Office 2016 by SoftMaker. Free is a slimmed-down version, the standard version costs €70, who in addition wants to access on the spelling of Duden and Langenscheidt, pay €100. For students, there is an Office suite for the special price of €10. The software is, according to the company, fully compatible with Microsoft. The latest version has around 400 new features compared to SoftMaker Office 2012. As your E-Mail program Thunderbird. The Office package is available for Windows and Linux.

3. Google drive

Google drive
Google drive

Google also offers an Office suite. The cloud service Google drive can be extended through an Office plug-in and then all features offered by Microsoft Office. This installs only the plug ins on your computer, Google offers online the Office functions. The individual Office functions such as entering text or spreadsheet will be called via the browser. However you must register with Google, to use the Office software. Users get 15 GB for storing your documents.

2. LibreOffice

LibreOffice
LibreOffice

The name reveals that LibreOffice strongly inspired by Office and is cost-free. LibreOffice 2010 emerged from the better-known OpenOffice from Sun Microsystems. When Sun was acquired by Oracle in 2010, came into the fight with the developers of the software. They formed the foundation document Foundation and developed the alternative LibreOffice modeled on OpenOffice. The software can open all Office formats, edit, and save. There is the software that is frequently updated and is upgraded with new functions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

1. Apache OpenOffice

 OpenOffice
OpenOffice

The software OpenOffice is the most popular alternative to Microsoft Office. And it offers practically the same functionality – but just for free. In addition to word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, there is even the math program math to edit mathematical equations and the drawing tool draw.

OpenOffice is there for Windows, Mac, and Linux, works but on all operating systems equal. Under Mac, OpenOffice of even send Agua surface adjusts itself and is no longer like a grey foreign body from the Windows world. Compatibility with MS Office is so much improved that the layout is largely taken over.