Although most organisations are still using Microsoft products to run the business, there are other alternatives on the market that are becoming more popular with small to medium-sized companies. That being said, Microsoft isn’t going anywhere but it might be worth looking at and familiarising yourself with a few alternatives in case you ever get a new job, or your organisations decide to switch providers! Here are my top 5 alternatives to Microsoft Office.
The top five alternatives to Microsoft Office
Google G Suite
G Suite is fast becoming the main competitor of Microsoft; more and more businesses are switching over to G Suite because of its collaborative nature. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides are easy to use if you are comfortable with Word, Excel and PowerPoint and you can collaborate on these documents in real time. All of the work is easily saved on Google Drive, and as everything is cloud-based, you can access it wherever and whenever. If you haven’t familiarised yourself with G Suite, I highly recommend you do. I wouldn’t be surprised if you end up using G Suite at some point in your career.
Apple’s version of Microsoft Office has a familiar feel with Pages, Numbers and Keynote replacing Word, Excel and Powerpoint but the software is different and needs some training to become fully aware of how each platform works. iWork is free to download on any Apple Mac and can be used across all Apple products. If you have an Executive, who is an Apple fan, you will at some point have to get used to using iWork because it can be a pain converting everything back over to Microsoft.
WPS Office is a streamlined version of Microsoft Office; it is cheaper to use but comes with a lot of the same features you will get with Microsoft Office. It is highly compatible with Microsoft but can also be downloaded onto a Mac. It is cloud-based and also has a PDF feature.
LibreOffice is an entirely free suite that is again highly compatible with Microsoft. The platform has six pieces of software that cover all of the primary tasks – Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Draw, Math and Base are designed for vector diagrams, functions and databases. Base, in particular, is a great free alternative to Microsoft Access which you won’t find in G Suite or iWork.
Softmaker Free Office
SoftMaker has a free and premium version of the service. It is again similar to Microsoft in that it has three primary platforms to work on – TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations. It converts everything over to Microsoft and comes with a handy PDF reader. Some key features are only available on the premium version, but it is still reasonably priced.