LibreOffice is  free alternative to paying for the Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft does offer free use of its Office Online Apps at Outlook.com, but you need to be online to use the programs and some functions are only available to paying customers.  The developers of Libre Office offer us a complete, permanently updated office suite that you can download and use offline and use as a portable office suite across different devices.

What I like the most to LibreOffice is its portability. Microsoft Office doesn’t provide a portable version, but LibreOffice does. Anyone can download this version from here and install it on a flash drive. This way, you will always have your documents at your fingertips, no matter where you are. Or you can choose a desktop version here.

Another good thing is that LibreOffice is a cross-platform application. Microsoft Office will only run on Linux based systems through a Wine or PlayOnLinux emulator, but LibreOffice can be installed with no problems,  preserving its full functionality on Windows operating systems.

In addition the suite offers LibreOffice Draw and LibreOffice Math. These apps compare favorable with any offering from Microsoft. Can you believe that such a great program is free?

But wait, there’s more : almost every Linux distro comes with LibreOffice installed by default. You won’t have to run another installation software, just install the OS and all you need from an office suite is there waiting to be used.

Let’s have a quick look at the entire package. Later I will show you how each inside app works.

The first thing you see when you run LibreOffice is the main screen.

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Here you can choose what you want to use. The icons are quite clear, so you’ll know just where to click .

In part 2, I’ll take a look at each of the programs available in the suite one by one.

~ Adrian