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Best Free Office Suite | Gizmo’s Freeware Archive

Introduction

An office suite is a collection of programs, mainly consisting of a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation application bundled together.

With the pricey tag put onto the all popular Microsoft Office, it leaves no surprise that the average home user or small business would be looking for an alternative. Below we have reviewed and rated all the popular freeware office suites and split them into three sections making it easier to find the best solution:

  1. Proprietary, privately owned software being offered up for free.
  2. Open-Source, an open-source office suite and various mods based on the same programming code making them similar to use.
  3. Online, a cloud or web based suite that can be used on the move; some even contain a mobile app for easy updating.

[Doakio Editor's Note: This article was restored from Gizmo's Freeware archives as a service to the freeware community. Gizmo's Freeware provided high-quality, volunteer freeware reviews for decades. They shut down in July of 2021.]

Proprietary Office Suite

 

WPS Office Free  Most similar to Microsoft Office

 
 
 

License: Free (Limited features)

Familiar office interface, easy to pick up, tabbing within each application, direct PDF output.
Opens a browser link when application starts, switch UI popup annoying.

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SSuite Office  A huge collection of products designed to make any office task easier

 

License: Free

Very fast start-up speeds, Simple and not distracting, nice spreadsheet editor.
Word processor is lacking in many areas, many programs are loaded that you may never use, some may find the “old fashioned” look not to their liking.

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Softmaker FreeOffice A lite version of the commercial application Softmaker Office

 
License: Free (Limited features)
 
Small, fast & simple. Easy to pick up and use.
No macro/scripting, intrusive tips bar, very limited features.

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Open-Source Office Suite

 

LibreOffice  A fork from OpenOffice and an actively developed free and open-source office suite

 

License: Free (Open source)

Very easy to use and learn, very extensive file support.
Java dependency requiring Java installation.

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Apache OpenOffice  A leading open-source office suite offering free productivity applications

 

License: Free (Open source)

Long standing support, includes Database application.
Java dependency requiring Java installation.

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Online Office Suite

 

Google Drive  A reliable online office suite for storing, sharing and collaborative editing of documents

  

License: Free (Limited features)

Pages load faster then other office suites, very easy to use. Gmail integration.
Must convert all file types to google doc file type in order to edit them online.

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Zoho  An online office suite includes Writer, Sheet and Show

 
 

License: Free (Limited features)

Very easy to use, tabbed document editing allows for multiple documents at once, compatible with all file types, and many collaboration features.
Can be intimidating for people who first see it, kinda cluttered.

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ThinkFree  An online office suite with Java dependency

 
 

License: Free (Limited features)

Excellent interface, easy to find & use features.
Very slow, tends to lag when clicking any options.

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