9 Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

You won't even miss having the real thing

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There are several free Microsoft Office alternatives that contain similar versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

Many of the Microsoft Office free alternatives listed below open, edit, and create Office documents. Although they don't have all the cool Office features, many get close.

If you want a free and convenient alternative to Microsoft Word only, there are a number of free downloadable word processors and free online word processors. There are also free spreadsheet programs and free presentation software apps.

If you'd like to give the real Microsoft Office applications a try, check out the one-month free trial for Microsoft Office 365, which is a cloud-based subscription service that offers the same apps as Office 2019, but with additional tools and benefits.

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LibreOffice

Download page for the free Microsoft Office alternative LibreOffice

What We Like

  • Robust word processor for documents, books, diagrams, and indexes.

  • Fully compatible with DOCX files.

  • Easy to create forms.

What We Don't Like

  • Must install entire suite of apps, not just Writer.

  • No integrated cloud storage.

  • No real-time collaboration feature.

LibreOffice is a replacement for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, while adding a few extra features.

Six separate programs install with LibreOffice to make up the suite: Writer (word processing), Impress (presentations), Calc (spreadsheets), Base (databases), Math (formula editing), and Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts).

Each of the Microsoft Office alternatives can open, edit, and save to the Office 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007 file formats.

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OpenOffice

Website of free Microsoft Office alternative OpenOffice.

What We Like

  • No learning curve for those familiar with Word.

  • Software looks and feels familiar.

  • Mature product, in development for 20+ years.

What We Don't Like

  • No online collaboration.

  • Default file format is ODF, change to DOC for Word compatibility.

  • No built-in grammar checker.

OpenOffice has a word processor, database, spreadsheet, and presentation program that can all act as Microsoft Office application alternatives. Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Base (databases), and Impress (presentations) are the Microsoft Office free alternatives offered by OpenOffice that can be used in full at absolutely no cost. (The suite also includes Draw and Math.)

Many popular file formats can be opened with OpenOffice, such as DOC, DOCX, XML, XLS, XLW, DBF, PPT, PPS, and POTX.

During installation, selectively decide to install some or all of the OpenOffice programs to avoid adding a program you won't use.

Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP are supported as well as Linux and Mac operating systems. There's also a portable version of OpenOffice so you don't have to install anything, though the download is almost 40 MB larger than the regular installer.

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WPS Office

Website for Microsoft Office free alternative WPS Office.

What We Like

  • Compatible with Microsoft Office file formats.

  • Open multiple document tabs.

  • Eye Protection mode and Night mode.

What We Don't Like

  • Annual fee to suppress ads.

  • Advanced features require a paid version.

  • No real-time co-authoring.

WPS Office, formerly Kingsoft Office, installs three programs that work as Microsoft Office alternatives: Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets. WPS Office Writer is a replacement for Microsoft Word. It opens common file formats such as WPS, DOC, and DOCX, as well as Microsoft Word template files such as DOT and DOTM.

The Microsoft PowerPoint alternative, WPS Office Presentation, opens and saves files in formats that can be used in Microsoft Office or with the free WPS Office. File types such as PPT and PPS are supported.

The Microsoft Excel alternative is called WPS Office Spreadsheets and works with Microsoft Excel 2010 files such as XLSX and XLSM. Functions such as SUM, COUNT, SUMIF, and AVERAGE are supported when building formulas.

WPS Office supports Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, and iOS operating systems.

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Google Drive

Website of Google Drive, which can be used as a free Microsoft Office Alternative

What We Like

  • Free cloud storage space.

  • Excellent collaboration capabilities.

  • Sync files across computers and mobile devices.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't password protect shared files.

  • No Linux desktop client.

  • Not as sophisticated as Microsoft Office.

Google Drive is a free storage service offered by Google that also creates online documents without downloading any software, making it a perfect Microsoft Office replacement. Log in with your Google account to create document, presentation, and spreadsheet files to replace Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Files created with Google Drive are automatically saved to your Google account, accessible from any browser at any time, and can be shared with anyone, even if they're not a Google user. Google Drive also supports simultaneous collaboration with other users in real-time and allows add-ons to be used with documents and spreadsheets to extend functionality.

Existing Microsoft Office documents, such as DOCX and XLSX files, can be opened in Google Docs, then converted to a Google Drive format for easy editing.

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Zoho Docs

Website for free Microsoft Office alternative Zoho.

What We Like

  • Excellent collaboration features with built-in chat.

  • Advanced analytics tracks edits to files.

  • Secure encryption and two-factor authentication.

What We Don't Like

  • Web-based software, no desktop app.

  • Can't edit documents online.

  • Slower than other online office suites.

Zoho Docs is another online office suite that includes a presentation maker, word processor, and spreadsheet program, much like Microsoft Office.

Upload several popular file types to Zoho Docs from your computer or Google Drive as well as create new ones online. Then edit files, share files with others, and download them in their original format or a different one. All the common text formatting tools are included and files are saved automatically as you work.

There's a mobile app for Android and iOS users.

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Microsoft Office Online

Website for Microsoft Office alternative Office Online

What We Like

  • No installation necessary.

  • Real-time collaboration with others.

  • Familiar, streamlined Office apps accessible in any browser.

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks many of the advanced features of the desktop apps.

  • Doesn't support some file formats.

If you're looking for a Microsoft Office free edition, this is the closest you'll come. Though not exactly a Microsoft Office alternative, this Microsoft service, called Microsoft Office Online, offers web-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Excel online at no cost.

Files can be edited only when saved to your OneDrive account, which means you must upload files there to edit them with Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.

Any file type that works with Microsoft Office products works with Microsoft Office Online, which means you can edit any file and save a copy to your computer or in OneDrive.

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ONLYOFFICE Personal

Website of free Microsoft Office alternative ONLYOFFICE.

What We Like

  • Compatible with Microsoft Office formats.

  • Sharing and collaboration features.

  • Personal version is free.

What We Don't Like

  • Add-ons needed to insert images and for other features.

  • Not as robust as the paid version or its competitors.

Similar to other Microsoft Office free alternatives, ONLYOFFICE Personal is a suite of online programs, which means you can use them from any web browser without downloading a single program. Log in to ONLYOFFICE Personal with your Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, or ONLYOFFICE account, and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Files can be uploaded from your computer as well as a few cloud storage services, such as Dropbox

Also supported in this free MS Office-like program is chat, co-editing, spell check, and sharing with anyone, even if they aren't logged into their ONLYOFFICE account.

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SoftMaker FreeOffice

Website of free Microsoft Office alternative SoftMaker FreeOffice.

What We Like

  • Free for home and business use.

  • Saves documents in Microsoft file formats.

  • Choice of ribbons or classic menu and toolbars.

  • Optimized for touch screens.

What We Don't Like

  • No cloud support.

  • No auto-save feature.

  • No thesaurus or U.S. English dictionary.

SoftMaker FreeOffice is an Office alternative for Windows and Linux computers. PlanMaker (spreadsheets), Presentations (presentations), and TextMaker (word processing) are included, all of which can open and save files in formats such as DOC, DOCX, ODT, XLS, PPT, PPS, PPTX, POTM, DOTM, and DOT, among others.

All three portions of SoftMaker FreeOffice work with the file types supported in the newest version of Microsoft Office as well as older ones such as Office 2010 and Office 2007.

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SSuite Office

SSuite Office

What We Like

  • Small downloads for full-featured apps.

  • Fast startup.

What We Don't Like

  • Loads many apps that may never be needed.

  • The user interface is hard to follow.

SSuite Office has seven Microsoft Office alternatives available, each with a different set of features and each is free to use. The two basic versions, the Personal and Advanced editions, don't include the Presentation program. However, the other suites do. SSuite Office provides a feature comparison table of each edition on the download page.

Instead of downloading the whole Microsoft Office free alternative suite, download the word processor or spreadsheet program, for instance, as a separate download.

There's also a portable version on the download page called Blade Runner.