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Looking for alternate to MS word


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#1 Ziva

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:41 PM

Hi,

 

I just got a new laptop from Dell with Windows 7 Home Premium. Unfortunately it did not come with MS Word Starter 2010 pre-installed, like I have on my other PC. It came with a the new 360 version with a 1 month free trial. I have no need for a full office suite. Nor do I wish to pay MS bloated price for their product.

 

All I need is a word processing program for writing letters, documents, some simple reports. Also one that lets me create simple address labels that I can print out. Plus it must be able to open/read word documents.

 

I tried searching for Word starter 2010. But MS no longer seems to offer it. There are some other sites that claim to have it, but I do not know if they're trustworthy or not.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?

 

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

Should do the job for you.

 

https://www.libreoffice.org/



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:59 PM

Libre Office can open/read Microsoft word documents.I also use Libre Office Writer to make PDF files.

 

https://www.libreoffice.org/



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

There are a few options.
 
For free, you could try Open Office which you can read about here: https://www.openoffice.org/product/index.html Or you could try LibreOffice found here: https://www.libreoffice.org/ Note that it's not a good idea to install both of these as the computer will be confused about which program to use to open a document as they have the same .exe names, even though the programs are slightly different; at least that was the case a year or so ago.
 
Another option is SoftMaker.  The word program is called TextMaker.  Found here: http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofwtm_en.htm I don't think the word processing program comes as a stand alone product, but the entire suite is much less expensive than MS Office.  I can verify from experience, that you can not only open MS Word documents with it, but you can also save in Word format.  Frankly, I prefer it to Open Office or LibreOffice especially since it has the track changes feature.

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:13 PM

Thank You Orange Blossom for the tip about SoftMaker. I was not aware of this office software.



#6 Ziva

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 11:00 PM

Thank you for the quick replies. And the links. I am sure I'll find something to my liking.

 

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 03:46 AM

Hope you don't mind if I add another link or two:
Kingsoft Office Writer Free 2013- DOC, DOCX compatible.
Ran it threw VirusTotal, just to double check:
Antivirus scan for "office_free_2013.exe" - VirusTotal

It's a 45.5 MB download.

The Kingsoft Office Suite has worked very well for me.  It is highly compatible with MS Office file types, ".doc" and ".docx" etc. But it lacks the range of file types it will work with compared to other office suites and word processors.
 



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:14 AM

I use SoftMaker Office, too (I have the Professional version that includes eM Client 6 Professional, a very good Outlook clone). Having used Open Office and LibreOffice before, my experiences are that SoftMaker Office in comparison has a much better compatibility with Microsoft Office. It lets me open/save Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats of all kind faithfully. It also needs less resources, starts and operates faster, is very reliable (never had a crash after two years so far), and it has a better user interface. Technical support is free and good, price is reasonable. Especially the included word processor TextMaker is excellent, I find it better than Word. However, I can strongly recommend this office suite.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:34 AM

If you're going to have a constant internet connection then there is always google docs as well. 

 

If you want MS Word, but don't need any other part of the suite you can buy a non-commercial license for JUST word here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416622

Or you can get the home and student version with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Onenote for not much more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416581



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:57 AM

Check out OpenOffice.org  . It’s the best  free alternative to Microsoft Word/Office I've tried so far.






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