Google has a firm grip on the desktop. Their products and services are ubiquitous. Don’t get us wrong, we’re long-standing admirers of many of Google’s products and services. They are often high quality, easy to use, and ‘free’, but there can be downsides of over-reliance on a specific company. For example, there are concerns about their privacy policies, business practices, and an almost insatiable desire to control all of our data, all of the time.
What if you are looking to move away from Google and embark on a new world of online freedom, where you are not constantly tracked, monetised and attached to Google’s ecosystem.
In this series, we explore how you can migrate from Google without missing out on anything. We’ll recommend open source solutions.
Google Docs Editors is a web-based productivity office suite within Google Drive service. The suite includes Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drawings, Google Forms, Google Sites, and Google Keep.
Each Google Account includes 15 GB of storage, which is shared across Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos.
When it comes to open source open source office suites our strongest recommendation goes to LibreOffice. It’s true that LibreOffice lacks the collaborative editing offered by Google Docs Editors although there are plans to add this functionality. And it obviously doesn’t provide online storage. But we explored open source alternatives to Google Drive in a previous article. We recommend hosting NextCloud on your own server, or you can use a cloud provider.
LibreOffice has native support for a modern and open standard, the Open Document Format (ODF). ODF 1.3’s most important new features are document digital signatures and OpenPGP-based XML document encryption. The new ODF also boasts improvements in change tracking, and elements first pages, text, numbers, and charts.
An alternative to LibreOffice is Apache OpenOffice. It’s also an open source software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
There are collaborative online open source office suites available, but with restrictions such as limits on the number of simultaneous connections and number of users.
All articles in this series:
|Alternatives to Google's Products and Services|
|Gmail||Email is an essential activity and starts the ball rolling in this series|
|Maps||Web mapping service offering satellite imagery, aerial photography, +|
|Photos||Store your images in the cloud for convenient access from anywhere|
|Translate||Multilingual neural machine translation service|
|Calendar||Manage your busy life with a digital calendar|
|Chrome||Application software for accessing the World Wide Web|
|Search||Privacy-focused alternatives to Google Search|
|Drive||File storage and synchronization service|
|Earth Pro||Maps Earth by superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS|
|DNS||Resolve a particular domain name to its IP equivalent|
|YouTube||Online video sharing and social media platform l|
|Google Docs||Web-based productivity office suite|
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