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Five alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is one of the most widely productivity suites available, it is far from being the only choice available. There are other types of office applications are also available in free and open source office productivity applications.

Google Docs:
Is a cloud based productivity suite that lets you create word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. Because Google Docs is a browser based application, it isn’t quite as full featured as some of the other productivity suites. Even so, Google Docs is free, and there is nothing to install on your computer. The interface is completely intuitive and Google Docs can be used to create and edit Microsoft Office documents.

Is a free productivity suite that is designed to act as an alternative to Microsoft Office.  Like Apache Open Office, Libre Office offers a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation application, a drawing tool, and a database application. In fact, the launch screen is nearly identical to that of Apache Open Office. The reason for this is that in 2010 some of the OpenOffice developers broke away from OpenOffice and created LibreOffice. As such, there are a lot of similarities between the two suites. LibreOffice even supports the use of OpenOffice documents.
It’s Free Software for individuals and business use (pricing ranges from free for up to 1GB of storage). Zoho is a cloud-based office software like Google Docs, compared with Google Docs, Zoho's interface is easy and nice, it is delivered via the user's Web browser. Zoho offers more than 20 different applications like word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, note-taking and organizer tools, support multiple office formats including Microsoft Office, Office Open XML, and Open Document Format. And it also available in multiple languages.

IBM Lotus Symphony:
This is a free to use software and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux based machines. It includes spreadsheet, document and presentation software (full link in Resources). Lotus Symphony is based on OpenOffice, its user interface has a very different feel.
Standards supported:
§  Microsoft Office 97 - 2003
§  Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2
§  PDF (Export)
§  Office Open XML (Import)

Apache OpenOffice:
Is a powerful open source suite which includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, vector graphics editor, database manager and mathematical equation editor.The package is generally easy to use. An OpenOffice.org tool acts as a central launcher, and includes wizards to help you create a new letter, presentation and so on.
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