Best Free Alternatives For Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is a very popular document, spreadsheet and presentation tool, however the software is not cheap and you will require to pay a hefty amount of money just to use the software, however there are several free alternatives to Microsoft Office, which provide you with similar functionalities but does not charge you a dime.


So what are the Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives? Your question will be answered in this new series of Microsoft Office alternatives/replacements, where we will tell you about complete suites for Microsoft Office and more.

Also Read: Google Notebook Alternatives

In addition to that future posts in this series will cover individual replacements for the following Microsoft Office features.

  • Microsoft Word Alternatives
  • Microsoft Excel/Spreadsheet Alternatives.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint/presentation alternatives.
  • Microsoft Access Alternatives.
  • Microsoft Project Alternatives.
  • Microsoft Visio Alternatives.

One of the best alternatives available for Microsoft Office Suite, has not only received several awards and accolades, it is one of the best alternatives to managing your document, spreadsheets and presentations.


IBM Lotus Symphony

IBM Lotus Symphony is a richly-featured set of productivity tools that are intuitive and easy to use and provided at no charge. There are three applications that make up Lotus Symphony: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets, Lotus Symphony Presentations.

Download IBM Lotus Symphony

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

is a online browser based alternative for Microsoft Office, there are several features which makes this online office suite, a very good alternative for Microsoft Office.

Google Docs also has a feature where you can edit documents and spreadsheets even when you are offline and later synchronize them with your online account.

Google Docs

Zoho Suite

Zoho is another online service which provides users with a multitude of services including Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet and Zoho Show for creating and managing documents.

Zoho also provides user with a way to access their documents offline and later synchronize it with your online account.

Zoho Suite


If you are a Linux user, we won’t leave you behind, KOffice is a free, integrated office suite for KDE, the K Desktop Environment for Linux.

It consists of all the required applications like KWord, KSpread and KPresenter, for making working with office documents a breeze on KDE.

Download KOffice

Which is best Microsoft Office alternative according to you? Do let us know about them.

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  • Nice alternates…

    I would prefer OpenOffice

  • Colo

    Open Office is a great product, considering its free.

    Haven't tried the others.

  • I love OpenOffice as a free alternative to Microsoft Office. As it supports most of the commonly used programs as an alternative, like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint etc.

  • Andrew

    I have a Nokia E71 and recently bought Microsoft Office Home and Student, not realizing that it doesn't have Outlook.
    Are there any decent free platforms with which I can synchronize my Nokia E71 as an alternative to Microsoft Outlook?
    Thanks in anticipation

  • MediaFan

    My father wishes to buy himself a copy of the Microsoft Office, and MUST have Outlook. This calls for the Office and Small Bussiness version and a shot in the head. I tried sticking into his brain Open Office, I even installed it and patiently showed him how easy it is. He can’t even get passed that Microsoft Excel = OpenOffice Calc, to him that was a huge boulder to dodge. If you guys think THAT is simple and easy now here comes the hardest part which is where he gave up on Open Office, he does not like the theme. He wants that ribbon theme from MS Office that has the Inser, Review… tabs. He does not want to learn “new” interface as he uses it for work and having the MS Office 2010 interface at work and having to deal with Open Office at home, he isn’t even used to the MS Office 2007 interface still struggling in it as he prefered the past MS Office 2003 interface.

    Is there any free alternative to MS Office that has that similar interface to MS Office? I know NitroPDF has that interesting same interface but is for PDFs.

    • Kingsoft office suite 2012 shares a quite similar ribbon interface with that of microsoft office. It requires much smaller space and is compatible with ms office word, excel and powerpoint files.
      A free edition is available, which includes writer, spreadsheet and presentation, which can be used to create DOC(X), PPT(X) and XLS(X) files respectively. The only shortcoming is that it doesn’t have outlook.

      It can be downloaded here:

  • I find using Google Docs as the best suitable alternative of Microsoft Office. The best thing about Google Docs is that they are free unlike Microsoft.

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  • Stevie Silva

    now we are using the EfficientPIM, a wonderful office productivity software that we use as outlook alternatives.