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Apache OpenOffice

28 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 101

Microsoft Office 2016

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Score 8.3 out of 101

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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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 is well suited for Real-time co-authoring, simplified document sharing, capability to send large files using OneDrive and Skype integration. I don’t personally see any downside or disadvantage of Microsoft Office 2016, other than its high cost for a license. There are some small issues that are bothering me like data security, email archiving and eDiscovery, email quotas and limitations.
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Pros

  • Price: the version I used was free.
  • Compatibility: With exception of specific tabling in the word processor and macros in the spreadsheet tool, there was perfect compatibility.
  • System compatibility: I was able to access and use it with fairly old systems, and did not need a new or current PC to install and operate.
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  • Microsoft Word: Best for composing and formatting any kinds of documents. There are so many advanced features in Microsoft word that's really helpful. Formatting - in general, easier on MS Word plus have a lot more options than other software (everything from table of contents, styling, cover pages, page numbering etc. are much more feature rich and capable than other software).
  • Microsoft Excel: I think this is the best software from Microsoft Office 2016. I love using MS Excel. I use it for very simple to very complex things, but it is not a database. This software contains multiple worksheets and this can link between in same file or other files. It can perform great calculations.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint : If you want to make a formal presentation, one of the best supportive tools you can use to create visuals for those attending is Microsoft PowerPoint. It can be found in Microsoft Office 2016 for both personal and business use.
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Cons

  • The system is fairly bloated. The amount of space the office suite takes up is increasingly larger and larger with each iteration.
  • Macro support is weak.
  • Greater XLSX and DOCX extension compatibility without required "conversions" would be good.
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  • There should be more purchase choices available for Microsoft Office 2016.
  • If new types of charts are updated into Microsoft Excel then it would be more helpful for its users.
  • Microsoft Outlook is a bit confusing to set up and use because of its numerous options.
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Usability

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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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Alternatives Considered

Apache OpenOffice may not quite have all the bells and whistles of Microsoft Office, but I chose it for one major reason: it is absolutely free. It is also fully functional as a free software. There is no trial, need to upgrade, or subscription plan. As a small business owner, when I was first starting out, I needed software that could meet my needs that also wouldn't break the bank. OpenOffice was the answer to my needs.
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Two of the largest and most popular business productivity apps out on the market today are Microsoft Office 2016 and G Suite (formerly named Google Apps). Both of these allows you to use the productivity tools in the cloud. With both being in such high demand, they’re neck and neck when it comes to features. While it’s a difficult decision to make for your company, why I choose Microsoft Office 2016 and how it is stacks up against them is given below.
Office 365 Business Essentials gives 1TB of storage to each user for $5/month with an annual commitment, whereas G Suite Basic gives only 30GB for the same price with only a monthly commitment. The main reasons why I choose Microsoft Office 2016 is, Microsoft applications are still used at an incredibly high rate on local computers. Also, the MS versions are much less basic than the G Suite applications.
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Return on Investment

  • OpenOffice allows me to complete all the basic needs of the administration side of my small business.
  • Any document that I have ever needed to create, whether that is an invoice, a quote, a receipt, or even a resume, I can create easily in OpenOffice.
  • Without software like OpenOffice, I would not be able to operate my small business in a professional manner.
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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

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

Microsoft Office 2016

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