Free Office Software

18 October 2020
Darryl Brown
Free Office Software

Running a dog walking business doesn’t have to be expensive. If you need Office software, to create invoices or fliers, there is lots of free office software which make great alternatives to Microsoft Office. Who doesn’t like a bargain and we all need to tighten our belts at the moment.

How can it be free?

Free office alternatives fall into two categories: Software you download and Software you use online in your web browser.

Software you download will have more features and be faster to run. However, you will need to install the software which takes time and uses space on your hard disk.

Software you run online is available at the click of a button, you don’t need to install it and it’s safer to use. However, it might not work if you lose your internet connection.

Warning: Only download software from reputable websites. Don’t be tempted by websites offering free copies of Microsoft Office because they will be infected with trojan software and they will attack your computer.

LibreOffice (download and install)

LibreOffice is the main alternative to Office. It is open-source (which means its maintained by an army of volunteers) and it’s compatible with Microsoft’s document formats. The latest version looks and feels like its Microsoft counterparts.

The LibreOffice apps are called: Writer (like Word), Calc (like Excel), Impress (like PowerPoint), Base (like Access).

Download: Windows, Mac, Linux

OpenOffice (download and install)

OpenOffice is similar to LibreOffice but adds a tonne of extra templates, clip art and photos.

Download: Windows, Mac, Linux

iWork (download and install)

iWork is Apple’s answer to the Microsoft Office.

The apps are called Pages (like Word), Numbers (like Excel) and Keynote (like Powerpoint).

You will need an up to date version of macOS or iOS but assuming you meet the minimum requirements these are great alternatives.

Download (Mac): Pages, Numbers, Keynote
Download (iPhone/iPad): Pages, Numbers, Keynote

Microsoft Office alternatives you use online

Remember, you don’t need to download and install these. Just click and go.

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