Office Apps - Alternatives for Microsoft Office 365 ¶
By: Shane on May 3, 2023, 2:11 p.m.
Microsoft Office has become the defacto standard for most businesses and many home offices. It is likely many people do not know any other option exists outside of Microsoft, Apple and Google for word proccessing, spreadsheets and presentations. But unknown to many, there are actually quite a number of FOSS options avalible and some of them are just as capable if not more capable in some ways than the offerings of the big three.
Below is a selection of the top FOSS alternatives to the Big Tech options.
LibreOffice - is the top choice and the most popular. It offers the following apps it its office suite.
* Writer - a modern, full-featured word processing and desktop publishing tool.
* Calc - a powerful spreadsheet program.
* Impress - for creating outstanding presentations.
* Draw - an excellent package for producing technical drawings, brochures, posters and many other documents.
* Base - a full-featured desktop database front end, providing native-support drivers for database engines like; MySQL/MariaDB, Adabas D, MS Access and PostgreSQL.
* Math - for making perfectly formatted mathematical and scientific formulas.
* Charts - create and embed pie charts, square and round columns, trend graphs, dots, 2D and 3D charts, and so much more...
LibreOffice is avalible for Linux, MacOS and Windows.
OnlyOffice - Create, edit, and collaborate on documents within any business platform. Althought, geared more toward business and enterprise. They do have solutions that individuals can make use of. https://www.onlyoffice.com/download-desktop.aspx?from=home-use OnlyOffice is an excellent solution for collaborating online with teams. Tends to have slightly better compatiublity with Microsoft Word than other options.
The OnlyOffice suit provides solutions for text documents, spreadsheets, presentations forms and PDF reader. They have versions for Linux, MacOS, Windows, Andriod and iOS.
Collabora Office - sells themselves as the world's leading LibreOffice services provider. Offering LibreOffice based technology services to business and enterprise level companies in the way of online collaboration, consulting and security. They offer product levels CODE, Business and Enterprise. CODE is free to use for testing and home use.
They offer their LibreOffice versions of Writer, Clac, Impress and Draw which are avalible for Linux, Windows, MacOS, Andriod and iOS.