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I use them both. I have LibreOffice 3.4.2 and Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student. I like LibreOffice because it is free and that it can save and open Microsoft Office formats. What would be the best Microsoft Office vs LibreOffice. Please include features compatibility and anything else about each.

Thanks, Nathan

asked Aug 30 '11 at 19:35

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Only issue I sometimes run across is formatting. As a test, I did a word-wrap around a photo in a Microsoft Office Word document. Open/(Libre) Office screwed it up...I imagine the reverse would also be the same result (create in LO & open in MS Office).

No issues at all if the content is created to be played/printed on the host computer.


answered Aug 31 '11 at 05:07

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First let me start by saying I have pretty much every "office suite" that my Mac can run and use them all for what they do best. In this case I have to vote for LibreOffice primarily due to the fact that it is a. free, b. supports as mentioned in the question standard Microsoft Office Formats and is easy to use. I am getting to the point personally that Google Docs is my default. LibreOffice is perfect for home or student use if you don't want to spend the big bucks and most likely not use half the software you get for it. Also in my experience LibreOffice is faster to load than Office another plus just get up and go. Bottom line price point and most compatibility with standard formats my vote is Libre Office when you are not forced to get MS Office due to an outside factor.

answered Aug 30 '11 at 21:43

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LibreOffice is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. Does everything you need it to do. But I happen to use Google Docs a lot more often since I know that no matter what computer I happen to get onto, I won't be limited by it lacking an office application.

On a side note, I know that my HP TouchPad with QuickOffice HD now allows me to create and edit Documents and Spreadsheets and save them directly to my Google Docs account. I don't know if other tablets do this, but this is even more reason for me to fully switch to Google Docs rather than either LibreOffice or Microsoft Office.

answered Aug 31 '11 at 01:04

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To me the features I'd miss most by not having MS Office is multiple selection. You can select five separate words from a sentence and copy and paste and it will paste the five words in the order you selected them. It's not a feature you use much but it sure is nice when you need it. The other thing is Word Art. You can make really nice signs or headings with very little effort. I don't know if libre office has that but Apple's Pages doesn't. I've used Inkscape (free) to do it too but it is a lot more work.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 11:55

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I use both. What I find lacking in LibreOffice are:

In Writer, I'm not able to use the Styles feature properly. If I define a format style, I find I'm unable to apply the style to a portion of the text. I have to repeat the entire formatting sequence to the portion of text.

In Calc, a lot of the short cut keys available in Excel are not available. I'm yet to learn how to assign short cuts to keys.

answered Oct 01 '11 at 01:48

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I have a laptop with MS Office 2007 and just got Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit and was wondering to carry on using word or to use Libre Office and also which is more user friendly. Also which is more reliable, MSO always crashes and stops responding, does this occur in Libre Office.


answered Sep 28 '11 at 12:15

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I love OneNote. If it had come out a few years earlier it would be the Evernote that EVERYONE uses. Evernote beat them to the punch.

answered Sep 30 '11 at 19:42

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I work for a company that has a product that links to MS Office and WordPerfect through macros. I have been unable to get either to work through LibreOffice. So I would have to say that the interaction with a wide variety of office products is a bonus for the MS Office camp.

answered Sep 30 '11 at 20:00

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Corporations suck.

answered Oct 01 '11 at 21:28

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If corporations suck, what is the manufacturer of your computer. If you built it, who made the components? Exactly. Corporations.

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Hello, I am currently a student, and I often have different essays and so forth that I must write. Every so often, I look for an alternative to write my essays, whether by speech or typing. LibreOffice works with everything I do, I sync to Dropbox, then if I really need it, I'll sync it with Google Docs so I can go on any computer and download it. I dual boot Linux Ubuntu 11.10 with Windows 7, and Dropbox syncs from 7 and Ubuntu. I use Docs as a final, so I can get to my school and print it without a problem. But all in all, LibreOffice is, in my opinion, better then word because it can read multiple file types, and comes with a suite of applications, not only for word processing, but also for spreadsheets, charts, and is ready off the bat for power point presentations. To top it all off, it's free. If you have a computer that comes with word, power point, excel, etc. then use them. But if not, and you need one, download the LibreOffice suite. It closely resembles word in nearly every aspect.

answered Feb 27 '12 at 11:22

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