Posted by : Amanda Stein Thursday, February 21, 2013

Microsoft Office has long dominated the market when it comes to documents, spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations, but what happens if you cannot afford this suite? The truth is that with its hefty price tag, you might not be in a place where you can easily afford it. When you do not have the cash in hand to afford Microsoft Office, but you still have some word processing that needs to be met, it is important to remember that there are other options out there.

1. Apache Open Office

Apache Open Office is one of the most famous and most-downloaded open source office software options out there, and it allows you to do everything that you would do in Microsoft Office. On top of that, you will also find that it allows you to save your work in formats that are compatible with Microsoft Office itself as well access documents that were first published in Microsoft Office. The interface is quite intuitive, and it has the benefit of being usable for people running a Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux.

2. KOffice

KOffice is a more streamlined version of the other office suites. It features the three main tools found in most office suites, including a spreadsheet program, a Powerpoint presentation design area and a word processor. Because of this, KOffice is a fairly small download, and it is known to work very well with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The spreadsheet function of this program, KCells, is known to be quite proficient, and many small businesses use it for things like employee time sheets and other similar functions.

3. Google Documents, Now Google Drive
If you are someone who is doing increased work in your browser, you will find that Google has you covered. Google started with Google Documents, and now the program is called Google Drive, where you can create documents much as you would create them in an office program. However while Google Drive gives you all of the functions that you would have with your office suite, you will find that it has one big advantage. Everything that you work on is saved very quickly, and instead of being saved to your machine, it is saved to your Google storage. This means that a hardware failure will not wipe out your work.

When you are thinking about moving forward and operating without Microsoft Office, remember that you are not alone. There are many open source options out there for you to try, so find the one that suits you.

Aubrey Phelps is a writer for Nethosting. When she’s not blogging she is busy training her therapy dog and spending time with family.

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