Office Alternative

May 22, 2009

Microsoft Office is a product that, depending on which edition you purchase, may include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and other similar products. But if you have ever priced Office, you know how expensive it is. The cheapest edition of Microsoft Office is the Home and Student edition. It’s only available for residential customers. It generally goes for $150. The professional edition of Office generally goes for $500.

Did you know that there is an alternative to Microsoft Office? No, I’m not talking about WordPerfect Office, although that is an alternative. What I am talking about is OpenOffice.org. The best thing about OpenOfficej.org is that it’s absolutely free! You heard me. Free. OpenOffice.org includes a word processor (like Microsoft Word), a spreadsheet (like Excel), a presentation creator (like PowerPoint), and more.

The one component that is in Office that OpenOffice.org doesn’t have is an e-mail client like Outlook. But, if you don’t care about Outlook, OpenOffice.org might fit  your needs. And the price is right. One of the best features of OpenOffice.org is that it can read files from other office programs. So, for example, OpenOffice.org can open and edit Microsoft Word files.

If you are in need of Office type software and you don’t want to pay a lot of money, give OpenOffice.org a try. If you don’t like it, you can always get yourself a copy of Microsoft Office. But if you do like it, you’ve saved yourself a lot of money. For more information on OpenOffice.org, or to download it and install it on your computer, click here.

By the way, watch out for people who sell OpenOffice. They will come up with names like OpelOffice that sound like OpenOffice to trick you into paying for something that’s free.

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