WPS Of­fice Free

TechLife Australia - - BARGAIN HUNTER -


WPS OF­FICE FREE’S word pro­cess­ing com­po­nent, Writer, has a slick de­sign very sim­i­lar to the cur­rent ver­sion of Mi­crosoft Word. It fea­tures a rib­bon in­ter­face and al­most iden­ti­cal icons. If you like us­ing Of­fice 2007 or later, the move will be pretty much seam­less.

There’s tabbed brows­ing for mul­ti­ple doc­u­ments (a fea­ture not found in Word, but one we love), and WPS Of­fice Writer can open pretty much any text doc­u­ment for­mat you can throw at it. It has its own pro­pri­etary file for­mat (WPS), but new doc­u­ments de­fault to Mi­crosoft’s DOCX for­mat for con­ve­nient shar­ing with Word users.

WPS Writer in­cludes built-in cloud sup­port with 1GB free stor­age (com­pa­ra­ble to Mi­crosoft OneDrive) for easy backup and sync­ing. There are also free mo­bile apps for An­droid and iOS that are fully com­pat­i­ble with Mi­crosoft file for­mats, and let you edit and sync doc­u­ments on the move.

WPS Of­fice Writer comes with a good range of tem­plates pre­in­stalled, with more avail­able to down­load.

Un­like Li­breOf­fice and OpenOf­fice (be­low), WPS Of­fice isn’t open source. In­stead, it’s sup­ported by ads, but these are un­ob­tru­sive and won’t stop you get­ting on with some se­ri­ous work.

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