Of­fice cloud soft­ware

FOR­GET ABOUT PAY­ING FOR DOC­U­MENTS, SPREAD­SHEETS AND SLIDES WITH THESE CROSS-PLAT­FORM BEAU­TIES

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ PAUL TAY­LOR ]

WHETHER YOU’RE SIM­PLY writ­ing for the plea­sure of writ­ing, or run­ning a small home of­fice, you need re­li­able soft­ware to do the job. Some of the very best suites are com­pletely free – what­ever op­er­at­ing sys­tem you use.

New Win­dows 10 PCs come with a trial of Mi­crosoft Of­fice in­stalled, but this will soon ex­pire, leav­ing you in need of a re­place­ment. Macs come with Ap­ple’s own of­fice suite, but if most of your col­leagues are PC users, you might be bet­ter off try­ing a cross-plat­form suite in­stead.

It’s a far cry from the days of Mi­crosoft dom­i­nat­ing the market, and the big M has cer­tainly shifted its strat­egy af­ter Google Docs started of­fer­ing a fine al­ter­na­tive. That said, soft­ware that reads and writes to Mi­crosoft’s file ex­ten­sions are still the ones you want to look out for max­i­mum com­pat­i­bil­ity.

Here, we’ve put the very best free of­fice soft­ware suites through their paces – both down­load­able desk­top soft­ware and browser-based ap­pli­ca­tions – so you can pick the one that’s best for you.

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