When it comes to word processing, it doesn’t get much cleaner than Microsoft Office. The Microsoft Office Suite that the corporation developed years ago is now the standard-bearer for all sorts of writing and formatting needs. It is also the most popular word processing software on the planet. But, what do you do when you don’t have the funds the buy this very necessary bundle of software?
The best thing to do is turn to some of the next best options. And, it’s even better when these options are available for free. Check out some of the top word processing platforms that anyone can download, from anywhere, to create documents just like Microsoft Office for free:
Open Office works just like Microsoft Office, but it’s completely free. Take advantage of word processing with simple, streamlined programs that function similarly to Microsoft. You can also create spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and presentations. Open Office comes available in several different languages and works on most computers.
Google Docs is one of the most popular free word processors in the world. It is also a great program to use when collaborating with group members, because the documents can be effortlessly shared and edited together in real time. Good for everything that Microsoft Office offers, Google Docs has word processing in documents, spreadsheets, and more. You can upload files from your computer and add to them through the online program. You can also create spreadsheets, presentations and drawings.
This is a good alternative to other free word processing programs that require the installation of Java or .NET. This program works without them. Do everything from imbedding illustrations, to formatting and editing documents, to creating graphics, charts and spreadsheets. The minimum system requirements are Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8, 1024 x 600 native resolution, 64 MB RAM, and 12 MB hard drive space after installation. You can also create your own PDFs with built-in software.
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