Download of the day: LibreOffice

Why pay for office software? LibreOffice gives you fully featured text, spreadsheet, and presentation apps completely free

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a whole suite of office software that can easily replace Microsoft Office on your Windows PC. It includes well designed and fully-featured programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, flowcharts, and equations, and because it's open source it's all completely free.

LibreOffice is also fully compatible with all Office file formats, so you'll have no trouble opening and collaborating on documents created with Microsoft's productivity software.

Why you need it

Because LibreOffice is one of the best free office software suites you can download today. It's been in development for many years, and its active community of enthusiastic contributors ensure it receives regular updates, and any bugs are squished without delay.

All of LibreOffice's programs have very similar interfaces to their Microsoft counterparts, so there's virtually no learning curve. Everything works as you'd expect, and the keyboard shortcuts are the same, so you'll be up to speed almost immediately.

LibreOffice also supports downloadable extension, including new dictionaries, templates, clipart, and even advanced features like OCR.

If you need an office suite for your new PC, or are considering renewing your subscription, give LibreOffice a try first. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Download here: LibreOffice

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