Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

Many of us “computer geeks” have been complaining about Microsoft’s utter domination of the desktop computer world for years. We realize that there are better operating systems (Linux, MacOS & even OS/2 in the old days), better software solutions and more choices for consumers. But, the truth is Microsoft pretty much dominates the market.

Well while I was setting up a client’s Vista laptop I discovered two things; Vista is not ready for prime time and Microsoft Office is very expensive! After spending about $1800 on a new laptop my client was forced to buy the upgrade to MS office. He was going to have to shell out a few hundred bucks more just so he can write simple letters and read simple spreadsheets.

So I looked into Sun’s open source free office package and I’ll tell you, it is pretty impressive. It installed cleanly, had all the productivity applications and is FREE! Keeping in line with the theme of my website, informing people about information that is not common knowledge for one reason or another, I thought I would use today’s newsletter to let people know that there is indeed an alternative to MS office…and it’ FREE!

To my Mac Friends…yes, there is a Mac version as well as a Linux version.

You can download the package or order a CD on the Openoffice.org web site here: http://www.openoffice.org/ . I was not asked by anybody at this site to write about this. I just happen to be a 20 year computer professional who is asked about things like this all the time…and finally I found a solution to a common issue that can save a lot of people a lot of money!

So before you go and violate copy right licensing by getting bootlegged or cracked versions of MS software…try Open Office. See, there are good people doing good things out there. You just have to know where to find them! Think about it!

UPDATE: Someone recommended Abi Word for people who just need a word processor. You can read more about that here http://www.abisource.com/ 

2 Responses to “Free Alternative to Microsoft Office”

  1. Truth Seeker on March 4, 1972 on January 7, 2003 on August 21, 2004, or no, sorry, actually says:

    You only just found out about OpenOffice.org? (I know it’s a stupid name–”OpenOffice.org”–but that’s the actual name of the product, not just its web site.) It has been around in earnest for at least a couple years.

    Be careful when editing files in MS format in OpenOffice.org. I’ve had cases where it would look one way in OOo, and quite different in MS Word. This could be rrrrreally bad if you’re creating or updating a resume or something else important, and then send it to someone who will view it in MS Word.

    By the way, I have recently tried Debian Linux, and found it very unwieldy. Xandros was a whole different story, though. I’d make the switch, but all this money invested in software is a real hedge against that…

    I’ve pretty much decided that when running WinXP is no longer feasible, I’ll switch to Xandros Linux, and NOT Vista. I can’t stand Vista, and I’m so bloody sick of hearing about it I just want to scream.

  2. fido says:

    Thanks for your comments Truthseeker, I will make sure I don’t buy vista now.

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