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Richard
06 Jun 2019

WordPerfect vs Word pshaw - WordPerfect vs WordStar was the battle I remember. I was definitely in the WordStat camp.

More on topic LibreOffice really is very good. And it's pretty much the same on Linux (favoured O/S) and Windows. I've not had an issue opening any MS document using it for a long while.

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Jeremy Smee
06 Jun 2019

Re MS Office alternatives. No mention of Ashampoo Office 2018. Cost about $30 and can be used on 5 computers. Text module is advertised as being 100% compatible with Word and saves in docx format. Same comments re spreadsheet and presentation modules. Can you comment on this alternative. Good or not?

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Oshkosh John
06 Jun 2019

I volunteer at the local Senios Center in the computer lab, I am an old, and have complete empathy with other olds and their computer problems. We have assembled an array of FREE software products we install on old's computers, and among them are freeware versions of Malwarebytes AM, AVG AV, Avast AV, Superantispyware, and CCleaner. We always offer the FREE office software, and we push Libre Office.

Old people are frequently in a position where they cannot afford the latest and greatest hardware, and we have entire 32GB flash-drives full of freeware.

We frequently cite your website, and have not yet been disappointed.

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Will
06 Jun 2019

I used WPS Office for years and suffered through their excessive advertising period. It was great, otherwise. With the 2019 update it became absurd and difficult to use - desktop version. Also at its update I re-read the terms of service and it scared the hell out of me.

I am using LibreOffice and I love it. At first I didn't but I decided to search out its key-commands and its particular methods of use. Wow! It is great if you decide to learn how to use it as opposed to banking on knowledge left over from MS Office. It wasn't difficult. It just took a minimal amount of searching.

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Arthur Bracher
06 Jun 2019

When I was gainfully employed I hated Word and loved Excel. Fortunately Word Perfect was reversed. I had both on my office computer and was quite happy. After I retired my son introduced me to Linux and opened a whole new world. The original OpenOffice.org had the best of two I had been using. I now use LibreOffice, as the successor to OOo.

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Daniel Knorowski
06 Jun 2019

Libre CALC fan here. Took advice found here a few years ago when my Office 97 became inaccessible. I still use my Excel financial spreadsheet designed in 2001. CALC handles the file perfectly.

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Paul S
06 Jun 2019

LibreOffice user since I retired. Only problem I've had with MS documents or spreadsheets from others is when macros are part of the items. Lots of differences there.

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jim
06 Jun 2019

Libre Office for me. The only problem is that publishers seem to only want submissions in Word. My back-up of all my work is in Libre, and if I could, it's the only one I'd use. I'm a real fan!

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Karl Gregg
06 Jun 2019

You did not mention the Microsoft FREE online version of Office in the Microsoft store. It has all essential parts of office and uses OneDrive to store any documents you create. Search 'free online office' in the MS store to get started.

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Jay R
06 Jun 2019

I have been using Open Office for years. I haven't figured out how to rearrange entire lines on a spreadsheet, but then I haven't tried too hard. I am very pleased with this, both from a price and functionality standpoint. As always, I am very grateful to Bob for what he does.

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FrancesMC
06 Jun 2019

If you don't need much in the way of word processing, and I don't, WordPad will do nicely.

I still have the Easy Office spreadsheet program. However, my main spreadsheet program is ProCalc running on an Amiga, but in this case, an Amiga emulator. I just can't be bothered to set up all my spreadsheets on anything else. It works just fine for my requirements as an individual.

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JP
06 Jun 2019

Softmaker also has a free version of its Office suite. It's not quite as feature rich as the paid version, but unless you're a power user, it's more than enough.

https://www.freeoffice.com/en/

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MartinW
06 Jun 2019

LibreOffice all the way for me. I have it on ALL my Windows and Linux computers. It does everything I want and could do a lot more that I just don't know enough to properly use. I do use Google Docs on my Chromebook and often "check" it on other computers. I had OpenOffice in the past and found it very good. For some reason unknown even to myself, I also have WPS, Softmaker, and still others scattered about on various computers. Maybe as backups? You tell me.

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mike
06 Jun 2019

Our computer club has successfully installed over 50 copies of Microsoft Office Pro 2016 & 2019 that we purchased for under $10 from Ebay vendors.

Yeah, I know that is just a big scam (supposedly). But being selective, one can find valid downloads with valid product keys that work. We have proven it time and time again. We have yet to get stumble into the "scam".

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ROBIN HENRY
06 Jun 2019

I once taught and used Multimate, Word and Word Perfect and in the 80-90s, the latter was my pick because it did things easier than Word. Since then Word has improved and taken over thanks to the spread and wealth of MS.

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pat
06 Jun 2019

hmm - lots of youngsters here. My first word processor was Wang - took a trained operator to input documents. With the first PC running DOS we started using Volkswriter, followed shortly by word (the precursor of MS word). I'm happy now with "free" versions of Libre (I have occasionally donated)

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MmeMoxie
06 Jun 2019

I have been using SoftMaker Office for about a year now and I am very pleased with this program. I have been using Thunderbird for about 5 years now, for my email.

I like SoftMaker Office FREE version very much. It is similar to MS Office but more like an older version of MS Office. Am I a Power User??? Heavens NO! I am an average user, one that needs a Word Processor to write letters and I still don't know how to use the Spreadsheet, but it is available for those that do know how to use it.

Yes, I share my Desktop computer with those who live in my household. I also share my new Epson Printer, that I dearly love. I needed to get a new one, when my 6 year old Brother Printer finally died. I also got a great deal on the Epson. It is the previous model of the new line and has all of the bells and whistles for a measley $99, FREE Shipping! This puppy holds 500 sheets of paper, does long sheets as well, Two-sided printing and has both USB and Wi-Fi connection.

Now, I do recommend SoftMaker Office for those like me, who only need to have an Office program for occasional needs. Oh, SoftMaker also has a PDF program that seems to work well. I see PDFs all the time online and that program is doing just fine. Acrobat Reader is just getting ridiculous with the continual updating.

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thenudehamster
07 Jun 2019

I used ot use Open Office until Oracle got involved, then I switched to Libre Office, which is now my suite of choice. I also have MS Office 2007 (properly licensed - my late wife was a little suspicious of free 'equivalents'). It does everything it purports to - but Libre Office does a LOT more. It can handle more file formats (both Save and Load) than MS, comes with a more comprehensive suite of modules, has a much more intuitive interface, and is available on more platforms - and although the developers would like a small contribution, it is still totally FREE.
Why anyone would pay Microsoft's extortionate fees when something better is available for nothing is beyond me.

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D.V.N. Sarma
07 Jun 2019

There were also Amipro and its successor Wordpro which have disappeared along with win95 and win98.

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Peter
07 Jun 2019

I very much appreciate the valuable information that you share continually. I have been using Office 2007 for as long as I can get away with it, and was dreading having to cough up Microsoft's high and monopolistic prices for any of their replacement offers, since I only use the word processing part of it. Now I have alternatives!

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