I’m often asked if there are alternatives to Microsoft Office. There are. They just aren’t as widely used and adopted as Microsoft Office. If you don’t want to pay for Microsoft Office, here are some alternatives:
- If you just need to view Excel files, the free Excel Viewer from Microsoft fits perfectly. You can download it here.
- If you just need to view Word files, the free Word Viewer from Microsoft fits perfectly. You can download it here.
- If you just need to view PowerPoint files, the free PowerPoint Viewer from Microsoft can be downloaded here.
If you are looking for a complete replacement for Microsoft Office, two choices are LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Both started as the same project, but LibreOffice split off on its own.
I would say that LibreOffice has the best compatibility with Microsoft Office for Windows. Keep in mind that not all documents look the same, even with compatible file formats. Documents opened on Office for Windows can look different than documents opened on Office for Mac even. I’ve even seen instances where not only do documents print differently between different printers, but I’ve also seen instances where documents look different printed to the same printer from different computers (both running Office for Windows). I would assume that is why the print shops use applications from Adobe for more precise printing.