SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 is MS Office alternative compatible with Windows, Gnu/Linux

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  1. reasonablePrivacy

    reasonablePrivacy Registered Member

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    Great news for people who don't want to use Microsoft products, but also those who just want to reduce expenses. New version of FreeOffice is released.

    http://www.freeoffice.com/
     
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    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    And of course no Outlook compatible app
     
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    Support for Vista and XP is over.
     
  5. Victek

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    I would be interested to know how the new FreeOffice compares with Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, etc. I've installed Apache OO for some customers, but there were problems with some Word documents not displaying properly. I wouldn't expect perfect compatibility with any of the Office alternatives. I'd be more interested to know how committed they are to fixing compatibility problems when they occur, and how much support there is for the free Vs paid version.
     
  6. reasonablePrivacy

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    Native format of documents in Apache OO and LO is Open Document Format, not Microsoft's OOXML. For LibreOffice OOXML is foreign format, which can be imported, but as you saw there are some problems.

    WPS Office and FreeOffice have better support for OOXML. Maybe there are some glitches, but there should be far less of them.
     
  7. Victek

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    Thanks for the information. I'll be installing FreeOffice 2018 instead of Apache OO going forward when people want a free Office alternative. I think I'll install it on one of my laptops too, for test driving :)

    By the way, do you know if all of these Office alternatives are built on the same code base? Perhaps the original StarWriter/StarOffice?
     
  8. Bob D

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    Open Office was an open sourced version of Star Office.
    Oracle (owner of Sun) donated the project to Apache.
    Libre is a fork of OO.
    Softmaker, I believe, developed from it's own creation in 1987.
     
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