Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

To be frank, Microsoft office is really awesome. With over 1 billion+ users worldwide, MS office already gained enough popularity than any other software. Even in the basic package, there are many features offered. The basic package consists of  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote only. But at $139.99 for just the basic package, it’s way too expensive. So everyone who owns a PC cannot try it. This is where the free Microsoft Office alternatives comes in handy. These alternatives actually provide more  than enough features than the basic suite of MS Office.  So let’s take a look at these free Microsoft Office alternatives.

LibreOffice : A powerful open source productivity suite

LibreOffice 4.2

LibreOffice is a free professional-quality productivity suite which can serve as a perfect free Microsoft Office alternative. There is a large base of satisfied LibreOffice users worldwide, and it is available in more than 30 languages. It is also available in all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.

LibreOffice comes bundled with a Writer (word processor), Impress (Presentations), Calc (Excel files), Draw, Base, Math. LibreOffice also comes configured with a PDF file creator.

To know more about its features, visit here .


Apache Open Office : The free, open productivity suite

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages, just like LibreOffice. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

The names of the programs in this software are same as that of LibreOffice. They are Writer, Impress, Calc, Draw, Base, Math.

More of its features can be seen here.


Softmaker FreeOffice

Its a complete office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation-graphics program, which seems quite less when compared to above programs. It consists of FreeOffice TextMaker, FreeOffice PlanMaker, FreeOffice Presentations.

  • FreeOffice TextMaker is more than just Word-compatible: It is not only great at document creation, but also at adding great-looking layouts.
  • The FreeOffice PlanMaker spreadsheet is not only Excel-compatible, but convinces with ease-of-use, speed, and presentation-quality charts.
  • And FreeOffice Presentations presents itself as a capable, easy to use alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.


Apart from the above mentioned software, there are web based apps that can serve as free Microsoft Office alternatives. These may not have more features, but they can serve as lite office versions. Let us see about some of them.Google DocsZoho Docs .

There are many other software and web apps which serve as Free Microsoft alternatives, but those mentioned here are the best of all. Let us know whether you will try these software or not ?

That’s all for now Friends. Stay tuned for more interesting articles. Thank you 🙂