Best Free and Open Source Office Suites

Best Free and Open Source Office Suites

An office suite is a collection of related software for knowledge workers. The software is distributed together in a single package, with a consistent graphical interface, and typically with strong integration between the different components.

The types of software included in an office suite often consist of word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database and more. For many users the office suite (together with a web browser and email client) represents the cornerstone of their computing day, particularly in the business field. A high quality office suite is therefore a basic necessity for any computing platform to prosper.

Microsoft Office still dominates market share of office suites. Businesses have often rejected free Office alternatives. However, things are changing. With the cost of a price plan for Microsoft Office, the average home user or small business will welcome a free alternative. Fortunately, there are some truly excellent open source alternatives available for Linux (and other operating systems).

Here’s our recommendations.

Best Free and Open Source Office Suites

Let’s explore the 4 free and open source office suites. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.

Office Suites
LibreOfficePowerful, high quality, complete, free open source office suite
Apache OpenOfficeOffice productivity software suite
ONLYOFFICEMultifunctional cloud online office suite
Calligra SuiteIntegrated set of open source applications, forked from KOffice in 2010

LibreOffice won our gold medal award in the Linux Means Business – Office Suite – Best Free Software category. LibreOffice is the most popular open source office suite. It comprises programs to do word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing, math, and database management. For business users, it offers good compatibility with Microsoft file formats. It’s fast, powerful, and the leading free desktop-style alternative to Microsoft Office.

Return to our complete collection of recommended free and open source software including our latest additions.

If you are looking for free but not open source options, Google produces a web suite including Google Docs, and there’s also FreeOffice available. But we prefer open source software.

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