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Score 8.3 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Microsoft Office 2016

I think that Microsoft Office 2016 really is best in class when it comes to needing an office suite but if I was being asked to make a recommendation for a user, I would lean heavily towards Office, but would also take into account the person's needs and budget as well. There are some use cases where it is just not necessary to have a full-scale product.
Scott Herring | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

Microsoft Office 2016

  • Consistent functionality across the several Office components. This consistency is a great advantage for adoptions of other unused Office components. For example, if you want to publish a book that you have done with Word, you don't need to relearn new menu positions, new file-related actions, new reviewing procedures, etc.
  • Functionality extensions with Add-ins. This has always been a nameplate for Microsoft and Office keeps its tradition. I remember the renowned Bill Gates phrase when Visual Basic has been presented to him, he said: "Make it extensible". So, for example, I use Grammarly to improve my translations and there are thousands of Add-ins that you can purchase to increase your productivity.
  • Continuous improvement of online Office 365 allows for comprehensive usage from any platform, like Apple or Android tablets, Mac or Windows, cell phones and more. Every day and regular user's functions are there. And if you need extensive reviewing capabilities or programming, you can always rely on the desktop version.
  • Spelling and translate for multiple languages are now included in the online version. I should indeed rely more on the online version.
Ricardo G Lopes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Microsoft Office 2016

  • Office 2016 professional edition can be priced for a single user license, it would be nice to see a drop in the pricing.
  • Office 2016 home edition is a better price but does not include outlook 2016, so it is not a good fit for the workplace environments.
  • Office 2016 can run slowly on older systems, so you need to make sure you have a machine that is 4 years old or less for it to run smoothly.
Andrew Shannon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We believe that office 2016 offers the best value when it comes to features included out of the box. The software is used in its entirety by our organization and is easily supported by our staff of IT technicians. Users find this software to be easy to learn and easy to use with minimal learning curve.
Lochan Kalicharan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Its a solid program that has withstood the test of time and it continues to be the industry standard.
Jerome Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

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

Microsoft Office 2016

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Performance

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

Microsoft Office 2016

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Support Rating

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

Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 7.8
Based on 46 answers
Microsoft support is very good, big corporation has people for everything. You can find a lot of solutions to problems and helpful tutorials, as well as ready to be copied macros and functions made by communities around the world. Very big user base means there aren't situations that someone else didn't have already
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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

Microsoft Office 2016

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Alternatives Considered

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

Microsoft Office 2016

I have always used MS Office products due to the reliability and ease of use. I feel this is the best program for office use regardless of the size or skill level of the employees. There are educational opportunities for mastery of each program, but for the typical novice, they are easy to use for basic needs
Pamela Dalton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

Microsoft Office 2016

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Return on Investment

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

Microsoft Office 2016

  • Alternatives often had me wasting time looking for solutions or learning things again. Office minimizes wasted time.
  • Subscription model means Office is always updated, so I don't have to shop for software packages every year or every version.
  • Universal compatibility had eliminated previous problems I had with clients' documents and presentations.
  • Great community and tech support for when I can't figure things out on my own.
Benjamin E. Jerew | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

LibreOffice

General

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

Microsoft Office 2016

General

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

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