In the world of word-processing and spreadsheets, Microsoft has things nailed down with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. I’ll admit I use both of those programs on a daily basis, and couldn’t do without either. I even LIKE them!
The problem is, for a lot of folks who just do “casual” work with their word-processor or spreadsheet, laying out the $120 plus fee for using Word and Excel (as part of the Home version of Microsoft Office) is beyond their budget.
In many of our classes, I routinely tell folks about two Office alternatives in particular…
- Apache OpenOffice (www.openoffice.org)
- LibreOffice (www.libreoffice.org)
- WPS Office Free (was called Kingsoft Office )
All of them work and are worth taking a look at.
And also don’t forget that there are “cloud-based” office alternatives, the most popular of which would be Google, which has Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, all of which you can access if you setup a free Google account (visit www.google.com).
But you might also want to give these free cloud-based services a try…