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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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

    • It is better than Open Office. It could redraw the MS-Word-created diagrams which Open Office could not. Guest • May 2016 • 9 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less! Guest • Dec 2016 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It handles large documents better than word does. Guest • Mar 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's very easy to use, Small. I asked for a new feature. The team debugs fast. mohammadetemaddarNov 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative! KuboFHromoslavMay 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is absolutely free and handles .docx and .doc files better than the other alternatives provided. Additionally, it supports more features than other alternatives like Google Docs. Guest • Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Freedom. If you care about that go for LibreOffice. Also you've got pretty much the same common feature, which is quick enough for everyone. Word stay good if you really want to go deeper in some modificatio, but it's really not worth the price (alone without Office 365). Guest • Apr 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees 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.

    Free Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad

    • Cloud based document storage and editing. n10mFeb 2016 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Access documents everywhere, no harmful macro commands so no risk of virus infection adolftekkannaDec 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Online syncing, very lightweight, sharing documents, sleek UI. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Not so many abundant features, fast and auto-save. Guest • Jul 2017 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...

    Freemium Windows Linux

    • 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 • Jan 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it is absolutely one of the best alternatives to microsoft Word but the only thing that it does not have is the equation editor: it is present only in the windows version of the application but not on the linux version. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is absolutely free. It also has some incredible features like pdf to word and much more. WPS Office gives all necessary components of MS-Office i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point. The best part is that it is cross-platform. SuperMindsJul 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • WPS Writer has a very similar layout to MS Word Guest • Aug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • WPS have a good compatibility with docx and its UI is almost similar with office Guest • Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • 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
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Will not use later than word 97 documents Guest • Nov 2015 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Poor features and quite complicated interface Guest • Jan 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees 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...

    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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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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...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku GTK+ AmigaOS

    • AbiWord is a great simple word processor. However it doesn't have many advanced features. Just a simple text document. And it's free! kaylinTechAUJan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees 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...

    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...

    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....

    Commercial Windows

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Microsoft Office Word Comments

Comment by Guest
about Microsoft Office Word · Jun 2017 ·

It is stable, easy to use and fast, even though its huge.

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General comment

Comment by gnashingteeth67yahoocom
about Microsoft Office Word · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

Thank you for offering or possibly suggesting other routes to the software turnpike littered with little toll booths that will(would) gleefully accept our monies.

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Denied incorrect alternatives.

Comment by coth
about Microsoft Office Word · Apr 2016 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by robertmu
about Microsoft Office Word · Jan 2016 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Free Alternative to Word

Comment by Diaboto
about Microsoft Office Word · Jul 2014 · Helpful Not helpful

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.

2017-02-26:
Beware: The link Diaboto recommends (https://docs.nevron.com/ ) has an expired https certificate, meaning that in principle the connection is insecure and could be malicious. A link to Nevron office (without a valid certificate) is here: https://www.nevronoffice.com/products-nevron-office-about

*with a valid certificate (the link I gave).
Apologies for the typo.

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Word for notes

Comment by careylin
about Microsoft Office Word · May 2013 · Helpful Not helpful

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 · Helpful Not helpful

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)

Umm...Why don't you add it?

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Comment by Furgelnod
about Microsoft Office Word · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Microsoft Office Word · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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.

I'll agree. Word is so much better than OO, LibreOffice, and Apache Open Office (I've actually tried them all and dual boot with Lubuntu Linux) that I KNOW that people that say they are better are just Open Source tools. It's the same with people that say that Linux is a lot better than Windows 7, etc. Are you kidding me? Try using Linux heavily for a month and get back to me. I hope you know what the command line is :) Make sure you read tutorials on using Sudo (or you could seriously eff up your installation). Make sure you understand the file system! In fact, to even install Apache OO (the best iteration in my opinion) I had to do a bunch of crazy command line garbage. OH...and with Linux ALWAYS make sure you're prepared to do things in a roundabout way, make sure you have tons of time to "tinker" (as Linux people love to say).

By the way...IE is a very good browser. Have you used it? It's extremely fast. The biggest problem, and the reason I won't use it, is that it doesn't have a convenient ad blocker. It's a huge problem. IE has some of the best HTML 5 performance.

I totally agree. Most easy-to-use word processor, but if you do advanced formatting (images with descriptions, references, automatic numbering) you quickly find funny quirks and strange auto-formatting that are hard and sometimes impossible to change.

For advanced text editing Small Adobe InDesign iconAdobe InDesign seems to be the best choice, but there is a steep learning curve.. For the geeky academic that likes code and full control Small LaTeX iconLaTeX seems like the number one choice.

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Comment by Aaron
about Microsoft Office Word · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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.

What can writer do that Word can't? Care to give some real-world experience? How is Word 2010 confusing? lol. Microsoft made it so easy that you'd have to be an idiot not to understand the ribbon. It's ALL THERE IN FRONT OF YOU. Office 2010 is faster than OO and LO. Apache OO is pretty fast, not sure about that one. Good luck installing Apache OO though.

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Comment by askj113
about Microsoft Office Word · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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

Word isn't "bloated" for people that need those features. If you don't need those features? An RTF editor like Wordpad would be great for you. Abi Word is hideously ugly on my Windows installation and also really buggy for some reason. Focus Writer is better than Q10 :)

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