Is there a free office software suite available?

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Answered by: Christopher, An Expert in the Reviews of Software Category
Alternatives to expensive software can sometimes be hard to find, and often times they can make empty promises and lack many of the features you desire. If you aren't very tech savvy you may not even know where to begin or what to look for. Fortunately, there are some that stand out and rise to the challenge. Microsoft Office is generally what comes to mind when someone thinks of an office software suite.

MS Office is the most well known name in office suite software and it offers great features but it can be rather expensive. If you're looking for an alternative, top of the line office software suite that can offer you similar features, LibreOffice is a more than worthy competitor and the best part is that it's absolutely free.

LibreOffice is an open source, fully featured and free office software suite that stands toe to toe with its competitors. The suite offers six feature packed applications on par with the industry standard, wrapped in a clean and familiar interface. The suite is compatible with file formats used by its biggest competitors so it allows you to easily import and save other file formats like those used to Microsoft Office. When you open LibreOffice you'll find everything you would expect from an office suite including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more. For users that are more accustomed to MS Office, making the transition will be a breeze with the user interface having a similar aesthetic and functionality.

All of the tools and applications provided are fully functional and perform just as well as the competitors. The latest version of the suite (LibreOffice 4.1.1) also integrates with Content Management Systems and online document storage using the CMIS standard. For a more unique experience, customization options for the user interface are available using Firefox themes which gives you the option to create your own or use one of the thousands that are already available.

LibreOffice is an incredible and powerful open source alternative to other expensive software on the market. All of your document production and data processing needs are met with this free office software suite. LibreOffice delivers a similar experience to its premium competitors while building on fresh, new ideas. Fully featured applications, interface customization, integration with Content Management Systems and low hardware demands are just a few reasons why I highly recommend LibreOffice to anyone looking for an alternative. So now what are you waiting for? Go check it out and try it for yourself! Remember, it's free so you have nothing to lose.

Minimum System Requirements for LibreOffice 4.1.1

Windows System:

- Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8;

- Pentium-compatible PC (Pentium III, Athlon or more-recent system recommended)

- 256 Mb RAM (512 Mb RAM recommended)

- Up to 1.5 Gb available hard disk space

- 1024x768 resolution (higher resolution recommended), with at least 256 colors.

Certain features of LibreOffice require Java, most notably is Base.

Macintosh Computer:

- Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher;

(As of LibreOffice v. 4.1 - Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for versions up to 4.0.x)

- Intel processor;

(As of LibreOffice v.4.1 support for PowerPC has been dropped);

- 512 Mb RAM;

- Up to 800 Mb available hard disk space;

- 1024x768 graphic device with 256 colors (higher resolution recommended)

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