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.
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.
|LibreOffice||Powerful, high quality, complete, free open source office suite|
|Apache OpenOffice||Office productivity software suite|
|ONLYOFFICE||Multifunctional cloud online office suite|
|Calligra Suite||Integrated 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.
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
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