Alternatives to Microsoft Office Word for all platforms with any license

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  • LibreOffice - Writer icon

    LibreOffice - Writer

    Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool. It's simple enough for a quick memo, but powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • It is better than Open Office. It could redraw the MS-Word-created diagrams which Open Office could not. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's very easy to use, Small. I asked for a new feature. The team debugs fast. mohammadetemaddarNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less! Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • LibreOffice Writer has all the same features, plus a few extras that make commonly used things in Word easier, and in my opinion, I like the interface better than Word's more complicated one. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Google Drive - Docs icon

    Google Drive - Docs

    Google Docs is an online word processor, part of Google Drive , that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. Here's what you can do with Google Docs: • Upload a Word document...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad

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    • Cloud based document storage and editing. n10mFeb 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • I like the multiplatform editing. Very useful feature, when you edit on your phone and easily can continue editing in pc. bohdanfetsoOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Access documents everywhere, no harmful macro commands so no risk of virus infection adolftekkannaDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Online syncing, very lightweight, sharing documents, sleek UI. Guest • 3 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Apache OpenOffice Writer icon

    Apache OpenOffice Writer

    Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor. It supports the ISO standard Open Document Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Will not use later than word 97 documents Guest • Nov 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Poor features and quite complicated interface Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • LyX icon

    LyX

    LyX is a document processor. It combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX, an advanced typesetting system, with the ease of use of a graphical interface. Although in some respects its user interface resembles that of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    AbiWord

    AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku AmigaOS ... Xfce

    • AbiWord is a great simple word processor. However it doesn't have many advanced features. Just a simple text document. And it's free! kaylinTechAU15 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    Scrivener

    Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool created specifically for writers of long texts such as novels and research papers. It won't try to tell you how to write - it just makes all the tools you have scattered...

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

    • It's a hole research/writing management tool, extremely flexible, generous in it's licence and allowing easy data recovery if anything goes wrong by keeping every piece of work in an open format! Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    WPS Writer

    WPS Writer, part of WPS Office , is dependable and fast word processing software that is highly compatible with Microsoft Office Word , and can read and edit DOC and...

    Freemium Windows Linux

    • Fully Functional with .docx and various formats that are compatible with Microsoft office word. The Features and layout are also very similar and shouldn't take long to learn the program :) Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It has Microsoft-alike interface and has much features Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • I think WPS Office is the closest you can get to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). It handels .docx witch was my main problem. The WPS Writer may be in a early stage but I see alot of potential of it becomming better, more easy to use, beautiful and more stable. Guest • 8 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • iWork - Pages icon

    iWork - Pages

    Pages is a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout tool for the Mac. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    TextMaker

    TextMaker is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, part of SoftMaker FreeOffice. It's available for free included in the FreeOffice suite. It runs lean (using around 12MB of RAM on my...

    Freemium Windows Linux Windows Mobile Android Android Tablet

    • Really fast, really compatible with Microsoft Office. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Powerful features with a very intuitive interface. Outputs in MS Word formats plus ODT, PDF, HTML and ePub, among many others. Reads most common formats, including MS Word. Fully customizable interface. Fast and compact. Excellent documentation. The best word processor for personal use, period. DiegoAzetaOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    WordPad

    WordPad is a simple word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards. It is the successor of Windows 3.1s Write. From Windows 7 Wordpad includes the ribbon user interface.

    Commercial Windows

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    Zoho Writer

    An online word processor that lets you create and edit documents in your web browser and save them in the cloud, so that you can share them with anyone. Zoho can allow multiple users to work on a document simultaneously. Import...

    Free Personal Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad ... Chrome

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    Documents To Go

    Create, view and edit native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files The first and only commercially for $ 14.99 available mobile office suite to fully support (view, edit & create) Microsoft Office 2007/2008 files and...

    Commercial Android iPhone Blackberry iPad

  • Atlantis Word Processor icon

    Atlantis Word Processor

    Atlantis is an innovative, no-nonsense word processor carefully designed with the end-user in mind. Compact, fast-loading, but still powerful and efficient, Atlantis will be the perfect companion for a wide range of your word...

    Freemium Windows Windows RT

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    • light.....fast....full with every thing you need to write Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Calligra Words icon

    Calligra Words

    Calligra Words is an intuitive word processor and desktop publisher application. With it, you can create informative and attractive documents with pleasure and ease.

    Open Source Linux KDE

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    Dictanote

    Switch effortlessly between using the keyboard and your voice to type out notes. Work smarter and more productively with fast, accurate dictation and transcription using Dictanote. Dictanote supports over 40 different languages...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

    • It has a WYSIWYG editor similar to MS Word and its online. anilsDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • iBooks Author icon

    iBooks Author

    Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page...

    Free Mac

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  • Nisus Writer icon

    Nisus Writer

    Nisus Writer feels like home with support for Mac OS X autosave, document versioning, and iCloud. Built from the same core as Nisus Writer Pro, Express features the same elegant user interface and compatibility that has been...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Jarte icon

    Jarte

    The Jarte word processor uses Microsofts reliable, fast starting WordPad word processing engine while adding many features missing in WordPad. Jarte can save files as .doc, .rtf, or .txt. It has all the features that most students...

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

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    Dropbox Paper

    Create the way you want, with what you want. Paper adapts to the way your team captures ideas. FEATURES Embeds - Keep using the apps you love. Embed files from YouTube, Google, and of course, Dropbox.\ Task lists - Make lists...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • ConstEdit icon

    ConstEdit

    ConstEdit is a word processor that writes documents in the html format, which is the standard internet webpage format. Documents written with ConstEdit can therefore be directly viewed with a web-browser.

    Free Personal Windows

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    AbleWord

    AbleWord is a very capable word processing application that can read and write most popular document formats including PDF's. It is fully featured, supporting image formatting, tables, headers & footers and includes spell...

    Free Windows

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    Documents Viewer

    Documents Viewer allows you to preview Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on iPad as Microsoft Office originally displays them. Documents Viewer gives possibility to open password-protected files, print and convert them to PDF, etc.

    Freemium iPad

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    • Discontinued The app is no longer updated. Last version, 1.0.0, released in April 2014, can be still downloaded from the AppStore.
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    Author

    macOS app to create & share beautiful documents on web without any design skills.

    Freemium Mac

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    iText

    iText is an intuitive and refined text editor with word processing completely rewritten in Cocoa (so works with Afloat), and is suitable for both Power PC and Intel Macs. iText provides the simplest way to make gorgeous manuscripts on...

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

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Microsoft Office Word Comments

word is the BEST

Positive Comment by charliezo
about Microsoft Office Word and WordPad Nov 2016

word has a way better user experience than wordpad

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Denied incorrect alternatives.

Comment by coth
about Microsoft Office Word Apr 2016

Look at MS Office Word. It's a word processor, so as other alternatives, except few.
Small Microsoft Office Word iconMicrosoft Office Word

Scroll down and i'll see WPS Office. Scroll down a bit more and you'll see correct alternative - WPS Writer.

WPS Office is an alternative to MS Office. Full suite to full suite, writer to writer. Despite that WPS Office was denied of being removed.

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i have use it for years...

Comment by robertmu
about Microsoft Office Word Jan 2016

i have use it for years and i think it works fine, i don't think is the best but i works as i need to, but maybe they shouldn't change it all the time, i mean, they give new features every now and then and they are really things no one really use. there's no need to make it so confusing.

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Bloated, confusing, and endlessly frustrating

Negative Comment by JimHeard
about Microsoft Office Word Aug 2015

Like many, I've used Word for years, but I frankly think the only reason to do so is the massive installed base. If I didn't have to share docs with so many other Word users, I would have stopped using Word years ago. Why? Let me count the ways:
1. It is classic bloatware, due to MS continually adding new "features," most of which I don't need or want;
2. As a result of 1, it is hopelessly confusing - yes, you can change virtually anything about it, but just try figuring out how to change something the first time; it typically takes way too long, and when you do find the solution, it's usually buried deep in some menu that has an opaque name that sounds like it has nothing to do with what you are trying to accomplish.
3. Ridiculous formatting behavior. I'm a lawyer and am constantly using heavily formatted pleadings and briefs to meet court format requirements. I am forever wasting time trying to fix some formatting issue, and this is much worse than it has to be because MS makes so many idiotic formatting choices.

As one of many examples illustrating these problems, I spent over an hour yesterday trying to figure why the lines in my brief didn't line up with the line numbers in the margin. It turns out this is due to a stupid choice MS made to have extra space appear above the line rather than below it when you set your font size one way ("Exactly 12pt"), and below the line when you set it another way (Single, double, 1.5, etc.). To make "exact" font sizes behave correctly, I had to search through multiple layers of options, most of which were given confusing, misleading, or at best opaque labels, and then check a box for "Don't center exact line height lines". Of course, the problem was not that they were centered in the first place, so this label has nothing to do with reality. I was only able to figure this out because of a helpful post in the forums (not, of course, from any MS employee).

This is truly atrocious software.

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Free Alternative to Word

Comment by Diaboto
about Microsoft Office Word Jul 2014

Check out Nevron Docs - https://docs.nevron.com/

This is probably the best free alternative to Word - it works on Windows, Mac and Online. It can open .DOCX, .RTF and .HTML files and has export to .PDF, .HTML etc. It is also faster than Word.

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Word for notes

Comment by careylin
about Microsoft Office Word May 2013

Word, in recent years, has been not just the go to for word processing but also note taking. I use it on OSX so I can only speak for that platform. I find its notebook view/layout to be nice yet the rest of the program is slow. If it was a separate notes only program I would be satisfied, but for now they are together. For this reason I suggested Circus Ponies NoteBook to be a reasonable alternative for those still only using Word for note taking. Not sure it belongs here, but hoped someone else might find it useful.

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Nice list - but no Nisus?

Comment by manskybook
about Microsoft Office Word Jan 2012

It's not clear when this list of alternatives to MS Word was created (or even when the comments were made). Might be nice to date your site to give some currency to your information.

But, as to my subject line, why is Nisus left out of this list? It's been a Mac word processor since near the beginning of Macintosh time. It was (and is now, again) known for its sophisticated search and macros. Try http://www.nisus.com/

(no, I'm not in any way associated with them)

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The best word processing programme in my opinion, openoffic ...

Comment by Furgelnod
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

The best word processing programme in my opinion, openoffice has some way to go before being up to its standard. Though I wish you could purchase it by itself, as its about the only thing in the ms office suite I use.

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Microsoft Word pretty much sets the standard for word proce ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

Microsoft Word pretty much sets the standard for word processors. And unlike Internet Explorer, which sets the lowest standard possible for browsers, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It costs a ton for what it does, but I think that Word does it pretty well.

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Openoffice Writer I find to be the perfect alternative to t ...

Comment by Aaron
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

Openoffice Writer I find to be the perfect alternative to this. Writer may take a little bit to load, but it can do a lot more than Word can, at least in my opinion. The newest Microsoft Word to me is confusing, annoying, and slow a lot of the time. I use Openoffice on my laptop all the time its great.

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Let's break it down:Openoffice is the standby free office c ...

Comment by askj113
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

Let's break it down:
Openoffice is the standby free office choice. Unfortunately that means its as bloated as microsoft office, more so in recent years. It can take forever for writer to open, especially on older systems.
Abiword is lightning quick and pretty cool, but I've always had trouble with the menus being different and differently named from office, whereas openoffice makes more of an effort to match word.
Google docs is fantastic for online stuff, but fairly limited for anything but basic writing.

Q10 is a fantastic writeroom alternative for windows; it shows you a black screen with a simple statusbar and lets you write undistracted. It'll certainly add another step to your work flow but it's worth it for me for the simplicity and focus it gives. Not a replacement for an office program, but an addition to it

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