23 Mar 2016

Two Free/Open Source software alternatives to Microsoft Office

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is an open source office productivity suite, designed by professionals for both consumer use, providing users with sophisticated tools for processing word documents, create spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases.

The application is made up of a word processor by the name of Writer, a drawing tool called Draw, a spreadsheet utility called Calc, a formula editor titled Math, a database management tool with the name of Base, and a presentation app named Impress.

Apache OpenOffice supports Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, running on both 64-bit and 32-bit computer systems.

Apache is translated in over 170 different languages.

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Libre Office

LibreOffice is an open source productivity suite that provides all the necessary office components for small-business, educational and non-profit organizations. It is a fork of the well-known OpenOffice.org application.

Libre Office is packed with it’s six main components: Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Math, and Draw. Same names as Apache, the two used to be the same sofware until they split.

Libre Office is the one that updates more frequently and has become the most preferred software to use.

Both office suites include the same applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. Both projects share the vast majority of their code, openoffice.org.

My Solution

Libre Office is my preferred choice in the free office suite debate. It has the track sheet of frequent updates and has the most potential to develop into something even greater in the long run.

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