Before looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office, we must also take into account in which platform we want to use it, since depending on which one it will be, we have at our disposal some or other options, all of them practically equally valid, although sometimes they are quite differentiating. Here is a list of alternatives Office suites available now for free.
Google Docs: Compatible with all desktop and mobile platforms
If you do not want to complicate your life by downloading applications that you are just going to use on your computer, the best solution we have at our disposal is called Google Docs, the Google office suite that stands out for two aspects: it is not necessary to install on our computer (although you can work if we want to work without an internet connection), since it runs via our browser (if it is Google Chrome better) and that is one of the simple ones on the market , since the number of options available is very limited.
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are the name of the alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. To get an idea of ??the number of options that Google Docs offers us, we could say that the Windows WordPad application offers us practically the same functions as Docs , perhaps the latter includes some more.
Google Docs is intended for all those users who need an application to create text documents, spreadsheets or presentations very sporadically. The good thing is that it is free and cross-platform, so we can access and create content from any device, whether mobile or desktop.
Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote: Compatible with macOS in addition to iOS
Apple puts at your disposal its Office, formerly called iWork, a software composed of Apple Pages, Apple Numbers and Apple Keynote that are equivalent to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Powerpoint respectively. While it is true that the number of options available is not as high as in Office , as the years go by, that number increases and today is a free alternative more than valid for users of Apple products.
Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote, are also available on iOS and all files are stored in the cloud, so we can continue creating documents where we leave it from our iPhone, iPad or Mac. This Apple suite, for obvious reasons, is only available for Apple products, so if you don’t have a Mac, you can forget about it. But if you have it, it is the best free alternative currently available in the market.
Openoffice: Compatible with all desktop platforms
OpenOffice is available for both Windows, Mac and Linux. It has been under the umbrella of Oracle and Sun Microsystems, so we are not talking about low quality software. Behind OpenOffice we find three applications equivalent to Word, Excel and Powerpoint, with a large number of functions and compatibility with the format used by Microsoft in its documents.
The only but we find this software is that despite being able to open text documents, spreadsheets and Office presentations, you cannot export files to those formats.
WPS Office: Compatible with all desktop and mobile platforms
Another suite of applications offered as an alternative to Office is found in WPS Office , a set of applications of Asian origin, which has gradually managed to gain a foothold in the market. This project was born as Kingsoft Office in 1988, making it one of the most veteran that we can find today in the market.
Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentations , are equivalent to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. This suite is available for free for download. We also have at our disposal a paid version with more features, but for most users, the basic version is more than enough. WPS Office is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.
LibreOffice: Compatible with all desktop platforms
LibreOffice is one of the most popular alternatives among users who decided years ago to ignore the Microsoft suite completely. Unlike Microsoft Office, LibreOffice is made up of different applications to create different files whether they are text documents ( Writer ), spreadsheets ( Calc ), create and edit mathematical formulas ( Math ), edit vector graphics ( Draw ) or bases of data through Base .
The format used by Libreoffice is ODF, a format with which you will have found some other time. However, it is 100% compatible with current and old Microsoft formats , so compatibility is more than guaranteed. LibreOffice is available for Windows, macOS and Linux, not of mobile platforms.
Which one is the best?
On the one hand it depends on the operating system you use . If you use macOS, the best option, as I said is Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote. If you look for compatibility the best option is LibreOffice. But if what you are looking for is cross-platform, Google Docs is the platform that offers you the most options.