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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache OpenOffice

OpenOffice is the best for smaller offices, or offices that need flexibility and the ability to work with multiple file types. It's amazing when you're starting out and you can work without worrying about licensing, fees, or restrictive trial programs. It just works, and it works for free - which is pretty much the best case.
Nathan Bowman | TrustRadius Reviewer

LibreOffice

If you have basic or intermediate use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, LibreOffice is a free alternative to other more expensive programs. The features and documentation are more than adequate and you will be supporting open software, which, depending on your line of work, may also align with corporate and institutional values.
If your organization is more cloud-based or is using online collaboration, then LibreOffice offers fewer features and it is by far a lot less user-friendly than its proprietary competitors such as Office 365 or Google Docs.
Javier Schwersensky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Apache OpenOffice

  • The best thing that OpenOffice does is being free. The cost of Microsoft Office is high and smaller shops can't afford it.
  • OpenOffice has similar features with Microsoft Office and that is a lot, given that the Office team at Microsoft is huge and this product goes through all cycles of marketing, product planning&requirements, development, testing, rollout, and production maintenance.
  • In terms of performance, I have seen OpenOffice run as well as or even better than Microsoft Office.
  • It is cross-platform, one of the key strengths of OpenOffice.
  • Provides compatibility of the generated files with Microsoft Office - this will make the transition to OpenOffice for any company smoother.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

LibreOffice

  • It's free, which is the biggest difference between Office. It definitely feels like a full-fledged office suite of software for no more than the cost of an optional donation.
  • Lots of templates exist out on the internet for Writer and Impress (the Word and PowerPoint equivalents in LibreOffice). The open source community really likes to support one another in their usage of each other's software.
  • It works smoothly on almost every OS out there, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
Christopher Boyd | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apache OpenOffice

  • There seem to be issues using this app in Windows 10. It worked fine when we used it on Windows 7, but after we upgraded the network with NEW Win 10 computers, it takes a very long time to process commands.
  • It will not allow any upgrades.
Riva Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

LibreOffice

  • The compatibility when switching the file format could be a little bit better.
  • Sometimes it crashes and you lose all your data.
  • It's a good alternative to Microsoft Office but it's not quite the same. We miss some features and tools.
Laura Gatius | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apache OpenOffice

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LibreOffice

LibreOffice 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We use it consistently and have a lot of documents in the OpenDocument format so it will be necessary to use LibreOffice or a compatible product such as Openoffice in the future to be able to open these files. Because the license fee for Libreoffice is zero it is not very costly to keep using it - the costs are mostly for keeping it installed on the office PCs and regularly updated, and solving employee issues with the user support.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It is so easy to use and produces quality work comparable to its paid competitor, Microsoft Office. I highly recommend this free software to any who need to make the switch to powerful and free Office software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 7.6
Based on 3 answers
Good alternative to the pay software, it is powerful and can help a lot a
specially working in-house and using some of the tools, specially Sheets
which you can configure by your own and makes easy its working, intuitive interface and offers a lot of functional tools for the price.
David García Caballero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apache OpenOffice

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LibreOffice

LibreOffice 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Libreoffice is a desktop app not requiring any server part so it is always available when the PC is working normally. Installing it on another machine if one PC fails is very quick and easy. This is a non-issue.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Apache OpenOffice

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LibreOffice

LibreOffice 6.0
Based on 1 answer
For big/imported tables or text documents with images loaded from the internet it is sometimes getting very slow, RAM and CPU intensive, and sometimes even hangs due to some memory leaks or other bugs. This is a long-term problem and is still not resolved perfectly.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Is there really support? There is a user forum but I do not see much developer input. Support options are limited. The most recent (Sept 2019) version of the product seems to have issues operating under Windows 10, yet there are few recent comments in the community forum, most comments are regarding older versions.
Riva Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 7.7
Based on 6 answers
Support is not officially offered. However, you can find answers to any usage questions or trouble-shooting online easily, typically starting with a Google search. (I believe that all forums / tips for OpenOffice apply equally to LibreOffice, and vice versa.) While Microsoft Office, for example, officially includes support, I find that typically you end up going to a Google search in any case. So, this is not really a downside. However, in all these cases, you end up doing a lot of figuring things out for yourself.
Jacob Wall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Apache OpenOffice

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LibreOffice

LibreOffice 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Generally easy to perform, issues are how to ensure regular automatic updates on Mac OS X. Fortunatly we have only a few machines with OS X run by management and we can do these updates manually occasionally. Windows updates are quite easy with the support of third party software such as Ninite or Chocolatey, and Linux updates are super-easy thanks to the package manager (apt-get).
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is less intense on our computer systems and saves us a ton of financial resources. Since our document creation and editing needs are typical of a small business and not very complex, Apache OpenOffice is sufficient for us. We think that almost any smaller to medium sized business would feel the same way if they don't have a need to make or edit complex documents.
.Kim Murphy | TrustRadius Reviewer

LibreOffice

I choose LibreOffice because it's open source, free, low cost and multi-platform. It's the perfect office suite if you use Linux, there's no bettter choice. Also by reducing license costs, company could spend money on more important stuff.

Also there's a lot of documentation online so people can learn how to use the tools by their own.
Miguel Useche | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Apache OpenOffice

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LibreOffice

LibreOffice 7.0
Based on 1 answer
With more users using it in the company there are more cases when a simultaneous editing of the same document is needed and this feature is lacking in Libreoffice even though the files concerned are shared and synced by some solution (we use ownCloud). Google Docs or MS Office365 via Sharepoint/Onedrive offer a better function for this.
Martin Malec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apache OpenOffice

  • OpenOffice is free, which means you are going to save money using it.
  • You run the risk of losing files since there is not cloud saving. Follow general file backup procedures to be safe.
  • OpenOffice can write to .doc files, so once you've finished working on something, you can send the file to Microsoft Word users without any issues. This means you don't need to worry about others using separate software. You can use this and be fine.
Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer

LibreOffice

  • The upfront and on-going cost of LibreOffice is $0 - keeping overhead down is essential for many of us small business owners.
  • Having a full suite of communications and data tools available for free (which we can save in our clients' preferred software formats, btw), keeps us looking professional.
  • Every dollar we're NOT investing in software, where a fully functional, free alternative is available, is money we can put toward other business optimizations, such as marketing, hardware, device upgrades, etc.
Linda Sasenick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache OpenOffice

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

LibreOffice

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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