Download LibreOffice: a spin-off of the free office suite OpenOffice, complete with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and drawing programs.
Microsoft Office is well known as one of the most popular office suites in the world, but its pricetag may put you off giving it a try. If that's the case, you need LibreOffice.
Developed by The Document Foundation, LibreOffice is an offshoot of OpenOffice, a free alternative to Microsoft Office. It is created, tested and developed by members of the OpenOffice community and aims to remain open-source and free from vendor or company control.
It contains everything you need to create and edit documents, with programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database management and even drawing. You can save and open many different formats, including Microsoft file types (such as .doc and .docx files), which is ideal if you're collaborating with users of Microsoft Office, or if you've previously used Microsoft's suite but have decided to try LibreOffice.
It doesn't look as modern as the most recent versions of Microsoft Office, but LibreOffice is well organised and simple to understand. Functions are stored in menus, while the most popular are also displayed on the toolbars at the top of each window. It's an ideal program if you're new to office software or want an uncluttered workspace.
There are over 200 extensions and a huge number of templates free to download, covering everything from proofreading tools for foreign languages and barcode creators to mathematical equation creators and dummy text generators. All of them are free to download.
And if you use LibreOffice on a touchscreen device, you can assign coloured notes to Writer Documents by drawing with your finger.
Verdict: LibreOffice offers a powerful suite of office applications and is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. With laudable principles and completely free of charge, give it a try today.