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