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Free and simple, completely replaces Microsoft Office

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It is open source and amazingly helpful piece of software, once you get used to, you won't go back to any other office package.

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Ease of use, ability to open other formats.

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Its time for a change, a suitable one

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If you still have doubts about replacing the traditional Microsoft Office suite with this marvel, just notice that it's number of "Likes" triples those of the traditional suite.

Do yourself a favor, forget about Microsoft Office, etc.

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Can be used as an Evernote alternative!

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There are many different use cases for Evernote. I think Evernote's security practices are awful (no encryption, even at rest... multiple hacks, security breaches and data loss incidents...) and their privacy policy decisions have been appalingly bad. So I've been looking around for an alternative. Finally, starting from Libre Office 5.3 the major feature I wanted has arrived: embeding of .pdf files. You can now drag-and-drop a .pdf file and it will live in the .odt document. Which means I can treat each Libre Office file as a separate Evernote note replacement. And I can search through the whole bunch of them on Linux using, e.g. with Catfish, which will scan the text in the documents too. Brilliant!

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Still, i don't really see as something serious. The only serious behind it is that it is free. Hence why I use it. But. It's still very buggy, it still has poor misaligned messy UI where ribbon won't help because made the same poor way, it's still unreliable, something hanging out of nowhere, sometimes hogging CPU out of nowhere. Functionally-wise Calc and Writer are still long behind Excel. Localizations aren't great either.

Of course it's frustrating when Libre hangs. Although I have to say that I've seen that much less from Libre both than in previous versions and from Office 365 which, even the very newest version. I found that enormously frustrating: MS Office 365 not only costs a lot of money, it's made by one of the richest corporations and it often crashes on Windows, which is made by the same company. That's a disgrace. Which leaves us in a world where almost all office suites might crash, and Libre and MS Office both do. So I take Libre because I agree with the philosophy, I've seen a lot of improvement and I've experienced less of the crashing than in the past. As for the ribbon: I don't use it. The functionality of Calc vs Excel? Sure... Excel is ahead. Whether that's a deal-breaker depends on your needs. I don't have anything that Excel can do and Libre can't, but I completely agree that others might.

It might hangs less, but still crashes a lot and quite often. Office 365 is indeed offers total rip off price in developing countries. Business plans can only be afforded by huge corporations. Small business would simply goes bankrupt with Office 365. They should lower prices some 6-8 times down, not 6%,, not 60%, but 6 times in developing countries.

For a home, I switched over to WPS. It does have almost entire OOXML support. LibreOffice OOXML support is very limited and very buggy. Calc for me also unusable. I use tables a lot, but Calc only offer cell ranges. Therefore Data Validation and formulas won't work if they call for table and/or column. Writer also still doesn't offer separated footers and headers, so you can't use Writer with documents, as standards defines footers and headers as separated entity with own dimensions.

It's been over a year since that message. And seem 6.1 only offer a couple dozen of updates made by community. Not sure if Document Foundation is doing anything for LibreOffice now. But hope it won't repeat fate of Thunderbird abandoned by Mozilla.

Writer is Outstanding, everything else is on par with MSOffice

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The title says it all. Writer is an outstanding word processor, and there are a myriad of applications for the price of 0.

There is:
Writer
Calc
Impress
Base
Draw
Math

You only get Microsoft's Writer, Calc and Impress equivalents for £79.99! And all of this costs 0. It works no problem on my windows machine, so it is absolutely outstanding for windows users.

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Until someone sends me a .docx file with an .eps image embedded. It opens the document, but shows only a blank square where the image should be. Otherwise a great product, and as my needs are quite specific, I hope others will realise that Libre Office can replace Microsoft Office in 90% of cases and save (especially public institutions) a ton of money.

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I have used LibreOffice for quite a long time, and it has never given me any problems. It can open many different file formats, and allows me to save my documents in OpenDocument formats. What more could you ask for!?

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No ads, it works, and most importantly, it's open source!

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Version 6 really upped the ante. Almost perfect interoperability with MS Word. Lags behind a little in the other members of the suite such as Calc and Impress, especially in Calc where statistical spreadsheets made in Excel don't transfer across well due to incompatible function names etc. But if you do 90% of your work in Writer, then you'll be right at home. It's awesome.

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LibreOiffice is lightweight, free and fast office suite. I highly recommend it!

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The best alternative to Microsoft Office Suite. I recommend !

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Having previously used only MS Office at work, a few months ago I rebuilt my PC and installed Libre Office as a temporary solution to not being able to find my MS Office key.

5 months later I still haven't needed to reinstall MS Office and I'm living well with Libre Office.

Plus, it seems happier opening certain Word files that Word, sometimes, refuses to open. Don't know why but useful in IT support.

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LibreOffice is the posterchild of what good opensource can be - it has features the average user will actually use, is reasonably fast, reads older versions of the most popular commercial equivalent, and has an uncluttered easy to understand UI.

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LibreOffice is mostly a free Windows office replacement for Windows users and a stable office for Linux users. Free is what brings in interest. However, as a Windows OS user, it's not as great as I hoped it would be. It's worse on Windows than what I've experienced on Linux.

I used Writer and Calc the most for the past three years. To be fair, these are what most users need in a plain work environment.

Writer:
Writer looks a lot better looking than most full word processors; even on par with Word. I also liked how the full customization of the macros and toolbar and etc. But, as a person who writes often, I noticed some problems in speed.

  • It is very slow in scrolling for larger files compared to other programs I work with. In a test I used a 50k worded doc with the same font and font size of 12; no other processing. From fastest to slowest using a mouse pad:
  1. docx at 28 seconds

  2. odt at 29 seconds

  3. txt at 42 seconds

  4. rtf at 44 seconds

For comparison I used OpenOffice. OO's numbers are (26, 24, 24, 39 seconds; respectively.) As far as a full suite goes, OO does the job faster and is more consistent in it's times. Other separate processors I've used also work a lot faster going into the 10-20 seconds.

  • Typing is also slower. Aside from Open Office, other word processors such as FocusWriter type faster. It's like LO is struggling to keep up with my typing and I type at an average of 50 wpm. I often have to slow down to catch up with the words on screen.

Calc:
The only thing that was bad was when I tried to apply alternate coloring on my sheets it would completely crash. Other than that it was faster than OO.

[Edited by AWright500, March 31]

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