Tired of paying for your office products? Don’t worry, the world is full of alternatives and competitors and they have got you covered. Since, the release of the new Office 2013 that is mostly targeted to touchscreen devices many of us are disappointed. Thousands have also bought new computers but can’t afford to buy the newly released software.
If you didn’t know there are plenty of great or even better products than Office 2013 , that can be used for free and from anywhere in the world. All of the services that I’ll be going over today are totally free and no downloading hassles.
First of all, I really want to thank Google for coming up with such product and I really mean it. Google drive is so amazing that I no long buy Office products and use it for almost every productive works. I can openly say that I think Google Drive is the best cloud hosting and the best Office 2013 Alternative in the market today. Many of you might not know that documents that are Google Doc formats will not count towards your storage, so basically unlimited documents storage. If you have an existing Google account then you don’t have to sign up for the service, just use your old username and password. People who don’t use any Google services and don’t have an Google account can sign up for the free service. Once you sign up, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage and can start creating documents right away. From word documents to spreadsheets you’ll be able to create them and share easily. You can also upload your existing files and use them in Google drive. One more interesting feature about the service is that you’ll be able to view 30 different types of files, even if the software isn’t installed in your computer. Most of the features we use in Office products are also with the docs and you won’t miss anything. Heavy documents users can also upgrade your account for dirt cheap. Changing your account to 25 GB will only cost you $ 2.49 per month and upgrading it to 100Gb will cost you $4.99 per month. You’ll also get 25 Gb bonus upgrade for your Gmail account if you upgrade any of the service. Read the full review of Google Drive here. All in all Google Drive will surely not disappoint you.
Most of you probably have never heard of the product but you’ll want to know about it. Similar, to the Google Docs Zoho Docs is also an online service that lets you create, edit or view documents. Unlike any other competitive products both of them have their own weaknesses and strengths. Particularly, I really love the Zoho editor. Once you log in to the website you’ll be able to create, organize, upload and look at your files saved. The interface is very clean and user friendly. Zoho editor is very much alike from the Office products and you won’t have any trouble adopting. Zoho is free of cost but only if you don’t exceed 1 GB, which is quiet disappointing considering the fact what the competitor offers. You won’t have problems while accessing Zoho Docs from your smartphones and device due to the built in app for Android and IOS. Spreadsheets can be created very easily and most of the time you’ll understand the UI pretty quickly if you have prior excel or other spreadsheets software experience. Another feature that really shines is the ability and flexibility you get to personalize the interface. You have to option to create groups and different folders and files that can be easily shared. Paying 3 dollars monthly will get you 10 workspaces with 2 GB of storage for each workspace (Premium accounts also available).
Unlike the two other products that I have looked over LibreOffice is a little different. LibreOffice isn’t a cloud based service unlike the Google docs and Zoho docs instead you’ll have to download it. Similar, to the Microsoft Office you’ll have a dedicated program installed into your computer, which gives you advantage to use it offline. Compared to the Office LibreOffice is pretty lightweight and won’t have much performance issues. All most, all of the features racked into Microsoft Office come with LibreOffice. The user interface looks pretty neat and can be personalized to your needs. You won’t only get word editing software but also other Office related software’s similar to Excel, PowerPoint, Access and others. LibreOffice is free of cost and will not cost you a penny to use the full version. Good news is that the software also supports most of the popular file formats. I have tested several Word and PowerPoint documents into the program and had no problems at all. You may also bypass the defaults LibreOffice file types and start saving as a Word file directly. Alternatively, you can always count on LibreOffice.
Producing this article required heavy thinking and learning curves. I had a hard time figuring out which software could be counted as the best alternative. I have used all of them and I am pretty impressed with all of them. All of the services were great and I can’t really say they can be the absolute alternative for Office 2013 to specific people but you definitely should give them all a try.