LibreOffice – complete office productivity suite

It’s huge, but so is MS Office. It has broad capabilities, and, for free, it’s by far the best available. However, it has the same problems as any other large volunteer-based software project: features and updates are added based on volunteers’ personal interests. As an American I admire their dedication to supporting every possible language and culture on the planet, but it doesn’t benefit me and it adds to the package size. Meanwhile, features that I would like to see (features that have been in MSO for a long time) never make it on to the wish list. . This is nonetheless one of the shining examples of how great the internet and its many enthusiastic volunteer developers can be, and I thank them for their work. Review details

Sure, use this fine office suite if you don’t mind using nearly half a gig of disk space. If you just need a Word replacement I suggest Atlantis. If you need a full office I suggest Softmaker. Review details

LibreOffice never fails to impress me with its rapid development cycle and continuous addition of (useful!) new features. By now it already incorporates all essential and convenience (like “hide empty space”) features I like in other office suites, and there are some “hidden” gems in it, like the excellent LibreLogo programming language to create drawings. Stability-wise it is on par or better than Microsoft Office. Its user interface uses the now “old school” multi-toolbar and menu-oriented access, but for me, as a long time computer user, it is a plus. (Still, since the new 5.2 version they even implemented a single-toolbar mode.) Interoperability with Microsoft Office can be a bit of a problem, but it is possible. It is best to use LibreOffice on its own. Since it is multi-platform, collaborating on Windows and Linux can be done seamlessly. One of the best freeware ever created. Review details