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[–] 123_456 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I use OpenOffice. It's remarkably similar to Microsoft Word. But I won't lie Microsoft Word is the superior product. Not by much though.

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[–] guyute_the_pig 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I have used OpenOffice and Libre Office for several years.

From what I understand, the developers of Libre Office are the original developers of OpenOffice. They both still use .ods formats as the default and the UI and UE is nearly identical with both pieces of software. I do wish that compatibility issues with file types was focused on a bit more and I agree that Microsoft Word is a lightly better product.

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[–] TrevorLahey 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I ran a business for 10 years using Open Office and then migrating to Libre Office.Wrote a lot of proposals with the Writer component, built a lot of complex costing spreadsheets with the Calc component. Exchanged lots of various docs with Microsoft-based users. Eventually sold the business and now work for a big conglomerate where Microsoft Office is the standard, so I'm fairly well-prepared to critique.

Microsoft's Ribbon UI grows on you and winds up being far more useful than I thought it'd be. My biggest criticism was that it wasted vertical real estate on these horrible low-end laptops with low-res DVD playback-targeted LCDs, but that's not its fault really. Both Word and Writer have similar and complete feature sets and, once you get used to each the UI doesn't matter much. Ribbon just wound up being nicer than I expected. Writer is very compatible with all but the most complexly-formatted Word docs and is easy to use.

Calc rocks. I built many complex spreadsheets with it and, like Writer/Word, had no problems exchanging docs with Microsoft users except in cases where the doc complexity was the issue. Macros and all transparently converted. One aspect of Microsoft Excel, however, that leaves Calc far behind is Conditional Formatting (rules for controlling how a cell displays based on content). Don't know if OpenOffice/Libre Office has added this yet or not but Excel has nailed it and it's incredibly useful.

Present versus PowerPoint. You can make some very nice presentations in both but my experience was that I ran into lots ore formatting problems here exchanging docs between the two formats that with the above two categories. Present is also lagging in ready-made templates, but it is nonetheless very capable in itself.

OpenOffice/Libre Office have a nice mathematical formula composition tool for which there's no direct counterpart in the Microsoft products. I never had much reason to use it but, if you do, OOo/LO is the way to go.

I'm a long-time Windows hater for many valid reasons, however Microsoft Office has always earned my respect. For personal use, I'm still heavily entrenched in Libre Office because I run Linux. I'm not entirely sure I'd use a Linux version of MS Office even if it became available. But I don't mind it on my work laptop and find it pleasant for certain tasks.

As for which is best, I guess it all depends on which one or the other's niche specialty best aligns with your primary need. In general, though, both are fine suites and OpenOffice / Libre Office is an excellent and capable FOSS alternative.

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[–] uncertain_death 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Might I also suggest kingsoft office or I think it's WPS Office now.

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[–] prowebwriter 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm curious to know how this compares with LibreOffice and OpenOffice as I've been using one or the other for several years. I do a lot of writing inside of Google Docs though because I favor its simplicity and the fact that it's automatically backed up to the cloud. I've used Kingsoft/WPS on my Android devices though, so I'm interested in trying it if it is comparable.