Write, calculate or present without Microsoft looking over your shoulder? You can do that with the free, open-source LibreOffice package. There you will find, among other things, word processing and spreadsheets. But it is also possible to create presentations and drawings without any problems.
libreoffice.org – is “open source” software developed and maintained by a global community. The aim of the project is to give everyone access to powerful, open and free office software.
Similar to Microsoft Office, Libre Office consists of Writer – word processor, Calc – spreadsheet, Impress – presentations, Draw – drawings, Base – databases, Math – formula editor and a chart editor. A few features of LibreOffice:
- it is free and open source
- it is available in 110 languages
- it comes with most Linux distributions
- and is also available for Windows and macOS
- it is compatible with Microsoft Office
- Supports file formats including Open Document Format, MS Office formats, PDF.
A few more words about my background
As a former consultant I’m a die-hard MS Office professional. Ever since I wrote my first thesis with Microsoft Word for Windows Version 1.1 in 1992, Microsoft applications have been loyal and reliable companions. For a long time, I couldn’t imagine my day-to-day consulting work without Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
However, since it became known through the Edward Snowden publications that Microsoft collects generous user data for product improvement 😉 in all products and possibly passes it on to the NSA, the penny has dropped for me too.
I now use the LibreOffice suite and I’m not missing anything. And if something gets stuck, I always have to smile. I know that I
- pay no license fees
- not having to check the security settings after each update (so that nothing flows into the Microsoft cloud, for example)
- am completely private and can work easily