Office Suite Alternatives

There are few pieces of software that users touch more often than office productivity suites. The market leader is, of course, Microsoft Office, with the lion's share of all licenses for office productivity tools. But two trends -- open source and cloud computing -- are offering a new generation of Office alternatives that businesses may want to consider. If you want or need to have a different sort of office productivity solution sitting on your desk, then you're going to look at options defined in large part by the ways in which they differ from Microsoft Office. Here is a Digital Trends article with in-depth analysis.

Google Apps for UCLA

Google Apps for UCLA provides tools for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, a shared calendaring system and access to many Google Apps.

LibreOffice is a free software office suite developed by The Document Foundation as a fork of It is compatible with other major office suites, including Microsoft Office and available on a variety of platforms.

OpenOffice is an open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages, stores all user data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages.