(Credit: Microsoft, CBS Interactive) Microsoft has dominated the office software market for over a decade. Its ubiquitous Office remains the standard for businesses in preparing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. So powerful is Microsoft in this market that in 2008 its default document format, Open Office XML (OOXML), became an ISO standard, making Microsoft Office a recognised international standard for editing and archiving documents. However, the last several years have seen a proliferation of office suites. This has principally been driven by a movement towards cloud computing, a paradigm that gives businesses access to on-demand, low-cost applications online via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Despite this strong movement, there has also been a steady stream of competitors in the desktop space, with many offering high-quality alternatives to Microsoft Office for minimal or no cost. Contents Introduction Corel WordPerfect Office X5 Google Docs IBM … [Read more...] about Best Microsoft Office alternatives
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Last August I professed my ongoing love for Kingsoft Office, which had just been rebranded WPS Office and updated with some new features. Why on earth would anyone shell out for Microsoft Office when this freebie delivers most of the same core functionality?Today, realizing I've still been using the same WPS Office 2014 Beta 2 from summer, I went looking for -- and found -- a finished WPS Office 2015. It promised, among other things, faster load times, which was my only real complaint with the beta. But there are other changes as well, and not all for the better.For those unfamiliar with it, WPS Office offers word processing, spreadsheet and presentation modules, all of which bear a striking resemblance to Microsoft Office circa 2013. I've used the suite in one form or another nearly full-time for the better part of a year, and not once have I run into a compatibility issue or feature deficiency.What's more, the suite now includes OneDrive-like cloud integration in the form of WPS … [Read more...] about WPS Office for Windows: Still the best Microsoft Office alternative?
For over a year now I've championed Kingsoft Office Free 2012 as one of the top Microsoft Office alternatives for Windows, and with good reason: It's one of the best-looking clones out there, with superb file-compatibility to boot. Yesterday, Kingsoft unveiled Office Free 2013 (Windows). (Please see below before you install it.) I'll go out on a limb and say it's now the single best free replacement for Microsoft Office, for a couple of very good reasons. In case you're unfamiliar with it, Kingsoft Office includes three modules: Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. Needless to say, these aim to take the place of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. For the most part they do an impressive job -- starting with how they look. Office Free 2012 borrowed heavily from the old Microsoft Office 2003 interface you see in most other clones: LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and so on. Kingsoft actually did offer a more Office 2007/2010-like "Ribbon" interface, but to get it you had to spring for Kingsoft … [Read more...] about Kingsoft Office 2013: The best free Microsoft Office alternative?
Initial sales of Microsoft's Office 2010 have been a bit disappointing despite the fact that they are slightly ahead of sales trends of Office 2007 so far this year, according to Tuesday data from NPD Group. Office 2010 made its debut on June 15, and since then, "the results are mixed," Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis for NPD, wrote in a blog post. Units and dollars are down from Office 2007's initial two weeks of sales, though they are in line and slightly ahead of sales trends for Office 2007 so far this year, according to information culled from NPD's Weekly Tracking Service. "This fact highlights the challenges for Microsoft going forward for Office," Baker wrote. "A strong product launched into a saturated market faces considerable headwinds. Even so, sales of Office 2010 in general have to be characterized as a bit disappointing during the first two weeks." This is likely due to the fact that the launch of Office 2007 represented a "radical new design" and was … [Read more...] about NPD: Initial Sales of Microsoft Office 2010 ‘Disappointing’
Microsoft has put the final touches on Office 2010, and corporate customers can either buy it via resellers or download a 60-day free trial (via TechNet) as of May 12 (the boxed, retail versions hit shelves in June). As with many revisions of popular applications, one vital question must be asked: Do you need the new version? If you're a home or small-business user of Office 2007 ($399.95 direct, want Office 2010—something that hasn't been true of every Office upgrade. Three categories of users should regard Office 2010 as an essential upgrade: anyone who creates graphically rich documents and presentations; anyone who buys software for a whole corporation (especially if that business relies on collaboration and sharing tools); and anyone in need of the new 64-bit compatibility which enables users to create worksheets even more humongous than 32-bit Excel's 2GB limit. Pricing For the first time, Microsoft doesn't offer upgrade pricing on any Office edition; you'll need to … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office Professional 2010