Unhappy with your current office suite? Need something for a new computer? Lots of folks turn to Microsoft Office out of pure habit, but there are loads of free -- and surprisingly good -- alternatives.You can try one of them and help a good cause at the same time. Between now and Dec. 24, SoftMaker will donate €0.10 (equivalent to $0.11 US) for every download of FreeOffice 2018 for Windows, Mac and Linux and FlexiPDF Basic 2017 for Windows.See it at SoftMakerWhere do the donations go? According to SoftMaker: "We give the money to carefully selected charity projects around the world, which are presented by the non-profit charity platform betterplace.org."Read more: 6 ways to give to charity without even trying SoftMaker has run this admirable campaign a few times in the past, though it's been a couple years since the last one. The big news this year is that FreeOffice is now available for Mac.The suite includes the "core three" apps you'd expect: word processor, … [Read more...] about Download this free Microsoft Office alternative, help charity
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We're bringing together all the direct links to download official, genuine copies of a range of different versions of Microsoft's Office business suite. Refrain from using unofficial links as they may be honeypots to infect you will malware. We've rechecked all the links as of the time of publishing this update to ensure that they're fully working. However, before you proceed, bear the following points in mind:Once trial versions expire, they will revert back to reduced functionality, essentially becoming file viewers. To get them to work again would require you to reinstall your Windows operating system – using a restore point or any similar image-based solution is unlikely to work.You will not need a product key to install the application but you will need one to activate the product.After you get a Microsoft ID, you will be able to activate the applications should you want to own the products outright with the product key card being the cheapest and usually fastest way of … [Read more...] about Download Microsoft Office 2016, Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office 365 for free with direct links
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?
About a week ago I featured Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2012 in a bonus deal. Since then I've been test-driving the software on an old laptop. And you know what? I like it! I mention this because although the Kingsoft Professional giveaway is over, you can still get Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 for, well, free. Update: This program is for Windows. Until last week, I'd never heard of Kingsoft or this product. I had, however, tried all the usual freebie Microsoft Office alternatives: OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Lotus Symphony, Google Docs, and so on. They're all OK--good enough, certainly, for most users--but I'll admit I've become spoiled by Microsoft's Ribbon interface, which made its debut in Office 2007 and carried over to Office 2010. The famed freebies mostly resemble Office 2003--if not an even earlier version. Kingsoft Office looks a lot like Office 2010, and consequently I feel right at home in it. (Update: Only the Pro version gives you the option of an Office 2010-style … [Read more...] about A free Microsoft Office alternative that’s actually good
The Web address Office.Live.com finally lives up to its name, because that's the address where Microsoft's long-awaited Office Web Apps have finally gone live. Five years after Writely.com, the first online word processor, hit the Web—and four years after Google absorbed Writely into Google Docs (Free, Microsoft Office 2010 ($499 direct, You can create and edit simple Word documents, Excel worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, and OneNote notebooks using Office Web Apps in any modern browser, even if you don't have Office on your system. But Office Web Apps is mostly designed to let you share and edit documents that you create on your desktop and upload to the Web. If you're looking for a full-featured alternative to Google Docs, you won't find it here. If, however, you want a service that reliably round-trips the vast majority of Office documents from your desktop to the Web and back—letting you share or view them from any browser—then Microsoft Office Web Apps is … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office Web Apps