10 Microsoft Word Alternatives

Many of us have been accustomed to using Microsoft Word for all our word processing needs. Although we are reluctant to change what is familiar, we are compelled to do so for practical reasons. Microsoft Word is costly while there are now freely downloadable and web-based Microsoft Word alternatives readily available.

Below lists 10 Microsoft Word alternatives you could consider:

  1. OpenOffice.org

This is a whole package that contains five programs basically using the same engine. The package contains:

  • Writer – word processor
  • Calc – spreadsheets
  • Impress – presentations
  • Draw – graphics
  • Base – database manipulation

OpenOffice.org ranks high in usability, making it easily welcomed by various users. Unlike Microsoft, OpenOffice can open pdf files without the need to add plug-ins or add-ons.  This software is technically free, but you may want to make a donation to the community who continually develops the software to meet various needs.

  1. Google Docs

It is a web-based software that enables users to create and share documents. You can create documents, presentations, and spreadsheets that you can readily share online. Since you are working on the cloud, your file will be saved there, but you may also take the option of publishing it as a web page or e-mailing it in various formats.

  1. AbiWord

This is a very versatile program that can run on any platform like UNIX, Mac OS, and Windows. If you are working with various kinds of forms, this is the program for you with its highly useful features like advanced document layouts and mail merging. You could improve the software by adding plug-ins that will add more features and enhance functionality.

  1. Zoho

Zoho is another web-based program that can provide you with about 20 online applications for free like Writer as your word processing. All you need to do is link your Zoho account to your accounts in Yahoo and Google. The Writer interface is very user-friendly with all the features you need in creating documents.

  1. Jarte

A free software that is based on the WordPad engine so it is compatible with Word and WordPad documents. The free version is actually more than enough, but the paid version may give you more features and additional functionality. You can add images, hyperlinks, tables and everything else you need from this word processor.

  1. ThinkFree

It is like your virtual office where you install apps that you can use online. It is built in Java so expect that it will take time to load, but you can cache it on your computer. It is easy to use so navigating should not be a problem.

  1. IBM Lotus Symphony

It is a productivity package that comes with a word processor, a presentation, and spreadsheet programs. You can do a lot with the usual text formatting tabs like make shapes, tables, charts, and graphics. In addition, you can make use of the spelling checker and correction among other things.

  1. AjaxWrite

This is a new web-based program that is designed to almost mirror Microsoft Word so it should be easy to use it since it is familiar. It does not have a speller though but has the complete tabs on the standard formatting. You can add images with a drag and drop feature.

  1. Neo Office

The software made for Mac users. The whole package comes complete with a word processor, presentation, spreadsheets, drawing and database programs.

10. Peepel

It is the last of the web-based programs, but definitely not the least. It has all the features you need from a word processor like the standard text formatting and easy image inserting. You can make resumes, business cards, and letters. It is certainly very handy and you can store files online.

Why spend money when you can get it for free? You need not spend anything to get the most from your word processor. All you really need is resourcefulness and the courage to try something new.

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