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Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is one good alternative to Microsoft Office when it comes to working with text documents, spreadsheets and presentations offline. It provides most features that MSO has but all that will not cost you anything. In addition, it runs on all platforms not only on Windows.However, for online collaboration and browser support, you should take a serious look at Google Docs.
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Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 provides a complete toolset that will meet the needs of most office environments. When paired with Microsoft's cloud services the product really goes a long way to empowering the end user/team to become more efficient and engaged with the day to day business operations.
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Pros

  • OpenOffice is nice to have as an application on your computer vs. using an online word document application like Google Docs.
  • OpenOffice can handle a variety of file types (.doc, .rtf, .xml) , making it an essential tool for those who don't have access to Microsoft Word
  • OpenOffice is a deeper software than Word and is more accessible. I know, accessibility for a document typing software, I know. But, OpenOffice allows for quickly changing margins, typeface, size, etc, and I think does it better than Word, and in an easier format.
  • OpenOffice can handle spreadsheets, basic databases, presentations, and basic drawings. It handles all of the usual Microsoft Office tools within one application.
  • OpenOffice allows for user created third-party plugins so you have many options for pursuing very specific things within the program. This is great because OpenOffice is user-sourced, so there's plenty of new things to try for improving workflow.
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  • Power Query (now known as "Get & Transform" under the Data tab in Excel 2016) and Power Pivot greatly enhance data engagement and removes many of the limitations previously found in Excel regarding the size of data the user could engage with. The interfaces in both Power Query and Power Pivot are really intuitive and one could find themselves quickly putting together data automation with little to no coding knowledge. If you haven't heard of Power Query (like the many people that say Excel is obsolete) please YouTube it...It's great!!!! The addition of the Power Query add-in makes Excel a real game changer.
  • I'm really appreciating the direction I see Microsoft heading with their latest product offerings. It's more team-centric with focus placed on collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Especially when you find yourself in the cloud and working with O365.
  • Portability, I enjoy being able to engage my files regardless the platform I may find my self on; tablet, pc, laptop or smartphone.
  • The wealth of free training material available from Microsoft is a big plus. I've never found myself engaging an issue where the answer wasn't just a web search away.
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Cons

  • It could break away from some of MS Word's structures.
  • It should have an (easy to find) option to set the line spacings at something other than the predetermined values without having to reset it every time the program is re-started or a new document is opened.
  • It re-saves documents at start-up without explaining why these need to be re-seaved or who to clear them.
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  • Too many options - There are so many features and settings it can be difficult to find what you want
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Usability

Apache OpenOffice9.0
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It is pretty straight-forward as well as easy to learn. Its documents can be saved in various formats.
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I selected Apache because it provides the same tools and performance (as well as the Microsoft Office formats) for absolutely no price tag. It is produced by people who care about making a product that works— great updates are made periodically. The interface is very similar and takes very little time to get used to. It should be a no-brainer!
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In spite of the fact that I have to pay to use Office, I find it to be a great value, as it eliminates wasted time and compatibility issues. For many years, I used WordPerfect, but it wasn't compatible with Windows 8, so I switched to Apache OpenOffice. It was fine for non-business use, but I needed something more stable and user-friendly once I got into freelancing. Apache gave me too many compatibility problems, which caused some friction with some early clients. I then moved on to Google Docs, now Google Drive, but still experienced compatibility issues. Google Drive offline just doesn't work as well as I'd like it to. Microsoft Office suffers none of these setbacks, so I can focus on content creation, instead of software integration and unnecessary fiddling.
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Return on Investment

  • OpenOffice has streamlined employee project organization
  • It has made it easier and cheaper to communicate with clients in a professional manner
  • It has completely removed the cost for office software
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  • An investment in VBA macros for Word, Excel, Access, or Powerpoint can automate a tedious or repetitive process. "Automated" implies the process is faster and more reliable than before.
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Pricing Details

Apache OpenOffice

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Microsoft Office 2016

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