Google Drive also offers 15 GB of free cloud storage. Like Office Online, it is cloud-based. You’ll need an Internet connection to work, but you also have the flexibility to access your documents from other computers or devices. Of the two online options above, I much prefer Office Online, but that’s a personal preference. If you’d rather download your office suite, consider the following:OpenOffice OpenOffice is an open-source software suite that handles word processing spreadsheets, graphics, databases, and presentations. You can install it on as many computers as you like and you don’t need to be tied to a particular e-mail service to download. You are also free to use it for your business or home with no restrictions. It is created and supported by volunteers. Versions of OpenOffice are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX (x86-64 only). LibreOffice LibreOffice also offers the ability to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations as well as make basic graphics and charts. If is compatible with Microsoft products and is absolutely free. You can install LibreOffice on as many computers as you wish. It is available in both a “Fresh” version with new features and a “Stable” version. You can run LibreOffice on Windows, Mac and Linux systems. You can install LibreOffice on as many computers as you wish. It is available in both a “Fresh” version with new features and a “Stable” version. You can run LibreOffice on Windows, Mac and Linux systems. WPS Office Suite This freeware Office Suite offers a word processor, spreadsheets program, and a presentation program and supports saving files in the DOCx and XLSX formats for Windows compatibility. It is available for Windows, Android and Linux systems. I’d like our readers to chime in here with suggestions. Which office option do you like best and why? Which do you not like at all? Please share your experiences in the comments.
I’ve revisited this question again because it’s one that I receive again and again. “I am thinking of acquiring a new computer but I don’t want to invest in still another MS Office program nor do I want to subscription service. I use it for a couple of things from time to time and I do need to be able to open those documents. So it just doesn’t make sense for the added cost. Is there still something out there that I can use?” Fortunately, there are a lot of free alternatives to Word. I will say that Word is my absolute favorite of all office suites, even though sometimes it feels a bit too complicated. But it has options that the others don’t (or at least that I can’t figure out in other programs). There are others that will tell you that LibreOffice and Open Office are the best thing since sliced bread. Let’s look over some options. If you just need to look at and write the occasional document, the WordPad program included with Windows might meet all of your needs. To open, just search for WordPad in your search menu and click on the results. The layout should seem pretty familiar to Word users. If you’d like a more complete office suite, fortunately, you’ve got a lot of choices. If you don’t mind going online when you work, you could use Microsoft’s free Office Online Service or Google Drive’s suite of office applications. First, let’s check out your cloud-based options. Since these programs are online, you can use them with Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook. Microsoft Office Online Office Online offers the ability to read, create and edit Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote documents. Just log onto Outlook.com with a Microsoft account and start working. If you have an Outlook.com, HotMail, MSN or LiveMail address, you already have an account. If not, it only takes a few minutes to create one. Your account also comes with 5GB of cloud storage in OneDrive. Of course, the downside is that it is cloud-based. So you will need an Internet connection to work. The up side is that since it’s cloud-based, you can open it on any computer. These are fully-functional Office documents that you can save to your computer and that will open in other versions of Office. Google Drive Google Drive is free for anyone with a Gmail address and offers the ability to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms and also comes with a basic drawing program.