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    • truescot
    • By truescot 15th Sep 19, 10:48 PM
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    Cheapest (or free) Microsoft office?
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    • 15th Sep 19, 10:48 PM
    Cheapest (or free) Microsoft office? 15th Sep 19 at 10:48 PM
    I really need to find the cheapest best way of having lifelong access to Microsoft Office. We had 12 months subscription with a new laptop which has now expired but need word, ppt, publisher etc for files for my new business. I'm sure I can get it cheaper than the 79.99 I'm being asked to pay?

    Tried Open Office free software but the formatting isn't always the same so that's too much hassle.

    Advice needed...thanks!
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    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 23rd Sep 19, 5:46 AM
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    Until I retired from designing and printing business stationery and other products, I used MS. Office and Publisher. When those products moved on and in the case of Publisher stopped being produced, I used Open Office. I still use OO and have not found anything that I cannot do with it. Downloading the latest setup from Apache* presents an Installation of any or all of the features. These are: -

    Writer (word processor) Writer creates letters, books, reports, newsletters, brochures, and other documents.
    Calc (spreadsheet) ...
    Impress (presentations) ...
    Draw (vector graphics) ...
    Base (database) ...
    Math (formula editor)
    All of these can be setup to convert Microsoft Office equivalents. Libre Office is very similar I am informed, but I have only used Open Office.

    *Apache has the official download: https://www.openoffice.org/download/
    Originally posted by Robisere
    so you were not putting together business documentation, spreadsheets, databases etc. but just things that can be printed.

    Watch formatting of a slightly complex document fall apart when it goes from Libre Office to Word or vice versa. Or spreadsheets fail because formulas don't work.
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 23rd Sep 19, 10:47 AM
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    In what context?
    Originally posted by Robisere
    Potential compatibility issues as most schools and businesses use Microsoft office
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