4 Working Alternatives To Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the most popular productivity suite with almost no competitor. The latest version of Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 is a sleek combination of different apps including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote etc.

In this article, we will discuss about each Office app and their corresponding alternatives. Let’s start with the complete Office suite.

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Microsoft Office Suite alternatives

I have tried many alternatives but am still very much comfortable with Microsoft Office 2013. A combination of alternatives may work together to fill the feature gap of the complete suite. Some alternatives are given below:


LibreOffice is a free office suite which can open documents made in Microsoft Office apps. It is available for all Operating Systems. It is also available in a large number of languages so you can customize the language of the suite. LibreOffice is open-source, free to download, use and distribute.

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is one of the very popular alternatives to Microsoft Office suite. It is used by Linux and the open-source community as the default Office suite. It comes with the same alternatives to Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc. but with different names.

Kingsoft Office Suite

Kingsoft Office Suite is a very small and slim alternative to Microsoft Office. The total size of installation is less than 50 MB. Since it is very light weight, you do not have to compromise on your system performance while using Kingsoft Office. Microsoft Office is known to be a memory hog and takes a lot of computing resources while running. Kingsoft Office is available for Windows, Android and Linux.

SoftMaker Office

SoftMaker Office is my favorite suite which I use regularly as an alternative to Microsoft Office. While it does not fully replace Microsoft Office, but it can serve the purpose by providing simple and effective tools. SoftMaker Office is available for Windows, Windows Phone, Android and Linux.