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Microsoft Word is described as 'part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor. Its proprietary (but open-specification) DOC format is considered a de-facto standard, although from 2007 and' and is a leading Word Processor in the office & productivity category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Word for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, Online / Web-based and iPad. The best alternative is LibreOffice - Writer, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft Word are Google Docs, WPS Writer, Apache OpenOffice Writer and ONLYOFFICE.

Microsoft Word alternatives are mainly Word Processors but may also be Novel Authoring Tools or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft Word.
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  1. LibreOffice - Writer icon

    LibreOffice - Writer

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    Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool.

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    1.  PortableLibreOffice - Writer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Spell CheckingLibreOffice - Writer can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    3.  Privacy focusedLibreOffice - Writer is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  Ad-freeLibreOffice - Writer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Works OfflineLibreOffice - Writer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    6.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of LibreOffice - Writer.
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    LibreOffice - Writer vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Almost everyone thinks LibreOffice - Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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    KuboFHromoslav

    If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative!

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    Guest

    LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less!

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    tier50obby

    The only thing Word realistically has over LibreOffice - Writer is the fact that it has a few functions (that are seldom used), so, in 99 cases out of 100, there are no drawbacks.

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    Guest

    Libre office is just quit easy to use just like word and it's also free

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    Guest

    BECAUSE it is a rich application

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    Guest

    i need that for write letters

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    ya_Bob_Jonez

    Simply works great, compatible with Microsoft Word, FOSS.

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  2. Google Docs icon

    Google Docs

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    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:

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Google Docs simultaneously.
    2.  File VersioningGoogle Docs has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    3.  Works OfflineGoogle Docs can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Dark ModeGoogle Docs supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  Sync with Google CalendarGoogle Docs can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    6.  IFTTT IntegrationYou can connect different services to automatically trigger actions within Google Docs using IFTTT.
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    Most users think Google Docs is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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    nightknight218

    Online, Free, Easy to use and feature-rich, and everything is saved on your G account.

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    n10m

    Cloud based document storage and editing.

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    rami_r81

    Worst than Microsoft Word. Their enormous surveillance and privacy violations are very dangerous. I suggest LibreOffice instead.

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    benwinstone

    It's free, It's online, and it's easily shareable!

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    Guest

    Google docs is even worst than Microsoft Word. Their enormous surveillance and privacy violations are unacceptable. I suggest LibreOffice instead.

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    RemovedUser

    Autosave Easy to use Free No need registeration Cloud storage and can be edited from any device Privacy Online(No installation required) More at google.com/docs/about

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    jebex1307

    It looks almost the same, except is online.

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    WPS Writer

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

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    Almost everyone thinks WPS Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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    The tool almost same as microsoft office. I think It's the closest to microsoft office

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    SuperMinds

    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.

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    Guest

    Very poor multi language / proofing support.

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    AndrewFNAF

    This is a free, low in size, easy to use alternative to Word, which comes packed with tons of features, even for Students.

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    Guest

    VERY GOOD PROGRAM BUT IT IS NOT OPEN SOURCE so keep that in mind. I, personally, did not use it. but, a friend of mine uses it and spoke greatly about it. He said it deserves 10 out of 10 in every term (Easiness , Responsiveness , Stability , etc.)

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    Very friendly UI Has almost any thing you might need

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    Guest

    Has many many features similar to Microsoft Word, and some that it doesn't it. Much more lightweight to run than Microsoft Word. The Spell Check needs some major help.

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  4. Apache OpenOffice Writer icon

    Apache OpenOffice Writer

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    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 Office 97-2003 formats, Microsoft Office 2007...

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    1.  Spell CheckingApache OpenOffice Writer can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    2.  Ad-freeApache OpenOffice Writer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Works OfflineApache OpenOffice Writer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Most users think Apache OpenOffice Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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    chtfn

    Unfortunately, is lagging far behind LibreOffice. Would be great to see development pick up and take a different direction, but it seems very much stalled, with the latest major in 2014 (7 years ago at the time of writing). I strongly recommend using LibreOffice instead, for security reasons, and also for newer features.

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    Pietrosmus

    Free, simple, open-source. The interface is a bit old-styled, but you may actually like that more.

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    Guest

    Poor features and quite complicated interface

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    AndreStork

    It's pretty much the worst Office alternative available. It has a bad UI and I shouldn't talk about compatibility with .docx files

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    Centaro

    No proper implementation of digital signatures.

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    martintin_916

    It is basically a free version of Microsoft Office.

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    rose64bit

    Microsoft Office is costly and slow, but OpenOffice is free and fast.

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  5. ONLYOFFICE icon

    ONLYOFFICE

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    ONLYOFFICE is an open-source online collaborative office combining editors for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. It is compatible with all popular formats and features maximum support for MS Office files.

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    1.  Works OfflineONLYOFFICE can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in ONLYOFFICE simultaneously.
    3.  PortableONLYOFFICE can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  End-to-End EncryptionONLYOFFICE has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    5.  Dark ModeONLYOFFICE supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  Ad-freeONLYOFFICE doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    7.  Privacy focusedONLYOFFICE is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Almost everyone thinks ONLYOFFICE is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    danielcastelli

    Best alternative I tested to date.

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    Guest

    Clean GUI and fast interface. Excellent for high dpi too.

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    Guest

    If you know how to use Word, the you will feel at home using OnlyOffice. It's feature rich, supports all platforms and even the browser. You can collaborate with other people, and OnlyOffcie respects your privacy.

    Compared to something like Apple Pages, it's not the cleanest and smoothest experience, but if you have used MS Word og LibreOffice, it won't be a problem.

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    hudsonrb92

    Its one of the best options to Microsoft Office, it has almost all tools. And is by far better then LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

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    Guest

    Very similar layout to Microsoft Office so its the best alternative for people use to that. And especially for me, ecuations in google docs and libre office are ugly compare to Microsoft format which OnlyOffice use.

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    Risei

    It has a nice UI, and good support for microsoft document formats.

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  6. TextMaker icon

    TextMaker

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    73 alternatives to TextMaker 

    TextMaker is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, part of SoftMaker FreeOffice.

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    1.  PortableTextMaker can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  AutocompletionTextMaker can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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    Almost everyone thinks TextMaker is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    Guest

    it is cheaper, easier to use, and virtually compatible with Microsoft Word.

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    Lori_WYUK

    no subscription. opens every microsoft word doc

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    Guest

    If you are like me: one who only needs the necessary to fulfill your needs, and really like when the response of the software comes quickly (think that the MS Office in general certainly does not). This is the right solution. It is fully compatible with outputs formats from MS Word; it is fast; and it does everything you need to white a nice and organized document, whatever that is.

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    DiegoAzeta

    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.

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    Guest

    Really fast, really compatible with Microsoft Office.

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  7. Pages icon

    Pages

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    80 alternatives to Pages 

    Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you create stunning documents, and comes included with most Apple devices. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together from anywhere, whether they’re on Mac, iPad, iPhone, or using a PC.

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Pages simultaneously.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Most users think Pages is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    Gumibar84

    It's annoyingly blank and too basic for my needs - doesn't really do enough to be considered an alternative to MS Word - maybe WordPAD or Notepad - bot not WORD.. That's not a fair or accurate comparison - that would be like trying to compare a basic guestbook addon to a WordPress installation - It's just not the same thing ...

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    rose64bit

    Microsoft Office Word is expensive and slow, but Pages is free, fast, responsive, and integrates very well with the rest of macOS.

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    georgegarner

    Clean, simple, yet powerful app design puts all of the editing tools within easy reach and without clutter.

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  8. AbiWord icon

    AbiWord

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    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 (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.

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    1.  LightweightAbiWord consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Spell CheckingAbiWord can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    3.  PortableAbiWord can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    AbiWord vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Most users think AbiWord is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    thomaszoschke

    It does what the user wants. It's a full featured text processor. It is affordable. It is not coded like a swamp.

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    kaylinTechAU

    AbiWord is a great simple word processor. However it doesn't have many advanced features. Just a simple text document. And it's free!

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    daria333

    Very simple to use, I really like it

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    Scrivener

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    Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

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    1.  Support for scriptingScrivener supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    2.  Support for LaTeXScrivener supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Most users think Scrivener is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    Guest

    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!

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    Manuskript

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    Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownManuskript supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  File VersioningManuskript has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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    Guest

    Manuskript is an app for planning and writing books. It is not a word processor, or an appropriate alternative to MS Word.

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