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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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

This program is well suited for every office environment, large and small. There are numerous sub-programs that are necessary for most business departments and can be easily utilized with minimal skill. For highly defined presentations, reports or documents, the end-user would likely need greater training as some of the functions and modules are quite challenging and the online help menu is rather unaccommodating.
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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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

  • 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 If you haven't heard of Power Query (like the many people that say Excel is obsolete) please YouTube it...It's great!!!!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

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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

  • The price is too high. There are a lot of PCs in the organization. Licensing each PC costs us a lot. Microsoft should reconsider their pricing.
  • Sometimes one needs a distraction free platform to write stuff. Word is jam-packed with a lot of options that is not needed by everyone. So an option to remove most features and provide a minimal editor should be added.
  • The proofreading system of Word is not the greatest in the market. Yes, it detects spelling mistakes and basic grammatical mistakes. But some major errors are always left undetected most of the time. I have to use an additional proofreading software to properly curate a piece of content.
  • Excel is a complex software and requires serious training. There are lots of formulas in Excel but aren't mentioned in the software itself. Hence making it user friend will help a lot of slow learning users.
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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.
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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.
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Usability

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 7.8
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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Its not overly complex. With a bit of training, its very easy to use.
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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.
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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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

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Support

LibreOffice

LibreOffice 6.7
Based on 3 answers
As a open source project it has well documented support channels and bugzilla and developers or other users reply to the tickets and are generally helpful.
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Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 7.3
Based on 14 answers
Microsoft is a trusted company and provides enough user support when encountered with a problem during the usage/operation. Regular updates are generally based on user experience, crash reports or feedback. It gives online support when achievable or either the IT team gets the support from Microsoft based on our requests/issues. So overall, I feel safe when working with MS Office products at all times.
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Implementation

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).
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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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

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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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.
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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.
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Microsoft Office 2016

  • The product is a staple, so it definitely increases employee productivity.
  • Licensing and cost remain the top issue. We are constantly battling Microsoft to maintain our "Non-Profit" Status.
  • The cost has made us very strict with deployments. Users that request the software can get an installation and others can use Google Sheets, Docs & Slides.
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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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