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WHAT FREE ALTERNATIVES TO WORD, EXCEL AND POWERPOINT

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If everyone knows the Microsoft Office pack which includes Word, Excel or PowerPoint, free alternatives exist and they are more and more interesting!

Knowing how to use an office suite is always useful, whether it is to make a presentation, write a document or do a series of calculations. And if Microsoft Office with Word, Excel or PowerPoint is the reference in the matter, free alternatives exist which do practically the same thing. Here are 4 office suites that will suffice to cover all your needs.

OOO4KIDS: TO GET STARTED

If you’ve never used an office suite, here is OOo4Kid s, an office suite intended more for children and teenagers up to college. This suite is based on OpenOffice but with a simplified presentation. OOo4Kids consists of 4 modules: Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation) and Draw (drawing).

LIBREOFFICE, THE BEST FREE SUITE

LibreOffice is probably the more serious alternative to Microsoft Office. With regular updates, it offers many features found in MS Office. In addition to traditional word processing (Text), a spreadsheet (Binder) and presentation software (Presentation), you can also imagine drawings (Drawing), create databases (Base) and establish formulas (Formula).

GOOGLE DOCS, FOR GROUP WORK

Google has been offering for several years an office suite that includes Google Docs, word processing software, Sheets, spreadsheet, Slides, presentation software and Forms, a survey program. Google Docs offers three very practical benefits:

  • all documents are automatically saved to Google Drive, preventing them from being lost;
  • the suite is multiplatform, and can work on your web browser but also as an application on your mobile. Synchronization is done automatically;
  • it is easy to share its documents with your friends, which is very useful for group work.

All files created with the Google Docs suite are compatible with Microsoft Office.

WPS OFFICE 2016 FREE, VERY SIMILAR TO MICROSOFT OFFICE

This free solution is very similar in its presentation and operation with the Microsoft Office suite. You will find equivalents to PowerPoint, Excel and Word, with a French version. Less known than LibreOffice, this suite is nonetheless a solid free alternative. Note that a mobile version (Android and iOS) is also available!

OTHER FREE SOLUTIONS

Other open source solutions are available (in English) including

  • Abiword, for word processing,
  • Gnumeric, a spreadsheet
  • EtherPad(word processor) and EtherCalc (spreadsheet) directly from your browser to work in collaborative mode.

 

 

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