Open source office products will include many of the features of costly programs and support all of the major file type, including Microsoft file types. The free suites will include the word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software that businesses need. Many also include other programs like drawing applications and database tools.
If you need to cut costs, here are five feature rich office programs that you might try.
Google DocsGoogle Docs (part of Google Drive) is an online productivity suite that allows any user with a Google account to create spreadsheets, documents, presentation, drawings and forms. All documents are located on the cloud-based Google Drive. Users can share and collaborate on documents with users anywhere.
Google Docs also integrates other Google products into their office suite. Things like Gmail and Google Calendar are all built in. The Google Docs applications are available to anyone with a browser and internet connection.
LibreOfficeLibreOffice uses the same source code as the OpenOffice suite, but the development of the applications have taken a new direction. It was released by the Document Foundation in 2010.
Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base and Math are all included in LibreOffice.
It's the same six programs that come in the OpenOffice suite. What sets LibreOffice apart is the usability of the programs and the community support. It includes additional features like a PDF importer.
Apache OpenOfficeOne of the better known open source office suites, Apache OpenOffice includes the standard suite of word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, graphics and databases. It supports the Open Document format and will also allow you to open and save Word documents.
It's released under the Apache license and can be downloaded and used by anyone free of charge.
KOffice / Calligra SuiteKOffice offers the basic tools of an office suite: word processor, spreadsheet and presentation. It is open source and released under the LGPL 2.0 license.
Calligra Suite has recently come to change KOffice, which development is currently stalling.