Advice on best free Office compatible software

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  1. Stewart J

    Stewart J Funster

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    OK fellow Funsters, bought a new laptop last December it came with Microsoft 365, the honeymoon is over and they want £59.99 to £79.99 to renew the license for 12 months :-(

    I use Word a lot, Excel a bit and Publisher occasionally, there is lots of Free Office software out there what would you recommend that is compatable.

    Many thanks in advance
     
  2. Mattyjwr

    Mattyjwr Funster Life Member

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    I've used OpenOffice which is compatible although lacks some of the bells and whistles. I've also used Google Docs and Google Sheets for Word and Excel respectively. Good but also lacks some of the Office features. All the above are free. I don't know about alternatives for Publisher.

    What features do you use most?
     
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  4. Lenny HB

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    Another vote for Open Office, also has a good drawing package included and the PDF converter is much better than the MS Office one.
     
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  5. GJH

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    We've used Open Office for years, including when we had our own business and used to print our own catalogues.
     
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    Brisey Funster Life Member

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    It's Open Office for me, been using it for many a year now with no problems.
    Brisey.
     
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    Open Office has been developed by the open source software community for a number of years and is very well established.

    For Open Office and loads of other good open source stuff try http://sourceforge.net/

    DON'T pay anyone for am Open Office download - it should be free.
     
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  8. Fletton

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    After some research Recently I went with

    http://www.libreoffice.org/

    Google was very tempting but I wasn't keen on the "big bro" approach ..

    To-date I haven't used it in anger... Only to access excel created spreadsheets on the MoHo PC with some minor editing..

    Although I did notice my "drop-down" look-up tables didn't appear to be there... But didn't investigate at the time... So it may be short on some advanced functionality if you use that sort of stuff :)
     
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    OpenOffice.org was once the open-source office suite of choice, but it fractured into two separate projects — Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

    Read more. http://www.howtogeek.com/187663/ope...hats-the-difference-and-which-should-you-use/

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    but just looked, I didn't know it was no longer available to buy ....
     
  10. SomeoneElse

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    A vote here for LibreOffice, I have used it since its creation from OpenOffice in 2010. It used to be a bit slow when loading my very large spreadsheets but recent updates have improved this greatly.
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice for history etc.
     
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    Another one here using LibreOffice. It does everything I need, docs, spreadsheet, database, draw and presentation (slideshow). If you need it to LibreOffice will allow multi-languages in the one document.

    I have loaded the software on the laptops for several of my grandchildren, too, for their school / college work

    J
     
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    I bought new laptop in June having been using Publisher for years. Shop told me Openoffice was all I needed as I mostly used Publisher for invoices, so he loaded Openoffice for me. WRONG! Openoffice was not compatible with Publisher and I ended up having to redesign invoice templates for all my customers. Not that difficult but was time consuming.
     
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    Thanks for the links, just loaded LibreOffice onto my iMac, I've used Microsoft office for years and was struggling a bit with Apples word processor, Pages. I've got the best of both worlds now, a processor I'm familiar with on the ultra reliable iMac.(y)
     
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  14. John Laidler

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    I've used open office and libre office. Both work but for me Google docs wins hands down these days.

    I'm doing a bit of writing at the moment and I can spend the morning in my shed using Google docs on a PC then in the afternoon I might have an idea to add or revise something and I can fire up my android tablet and without any effort from me I can find the latest version written on the PC that morning and can start writing where I left off that morning.
     
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