LibreOffice, The Document Foundation’s new office suite, is a great choice for anyone that wants all of the functionality of Microsoft Office without the expensive price tag.
The office suite is an open source fork of OpenOffice.org that was created in 2010 in the aftermath of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
LibreOffice is a very fast install, and it has many improved features from its origins in OpenOffice.org. It supports the .Docx format which has become popular since Microsoft’s introduction of Office 2010, and it can also handle SVG graphics and a million rows of data in its spreadsheet application Calc.
With LibreOffice, it’s easy to open up the word processor and type away with the majority of features that Word has. However, the one downside is that it’s still not completely bug-free and it has the tendency to crash occasionally. But rest assured, that is only a minor annoyance because it does have autosave.
In the end, the pros outweigh the cons and the price is impossible to beat. It is hands down the best free office suite currently available and worth a try for anyone tired of paying hundreds of dollars for office software.