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Best Alternatives to Office 365 and Office 2020 in 2022

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Laptop with Office 365 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft's Office 365 and Office 2016 are both great products, offering up a full suite of tools that allow you to get more done on a daily basis. As an upside to Office 365, the subscription-based service, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage is also included. Nevertheless, cost is usually a deciding factor — a year of Office 365 Personal costs about $70 (opens in new tab) while Office Home & Student 2016 costs about $150 (opens in new tab) — which is why there are plenty of great alternatives for you to try.

Zoho Office

Zoho Office has everything personal users love about an office suite, and businesses can't get enough of their powerful enterprise tools. Writer, Sheet, and Show are feature-laden Word, Excel, and PowerPoint alternatives with a familiar look, and enterprise tools like Projects and Books make it easy for businesses to keep track of customers, employees, and finances. Zoho even has its own cloud storage system synced up with your office documents, which has tools for administrators and analytics. There's likewise Zoho Mail rounding things out, as well as iOS and Android apps to keep you busy when you're away from your home or office.

The free version of Zoho comes with 5GB of cloud storage and is available for teams of up to 25 members. For 100GB of storage and for more team members, pricing switches to $4 per user, per month, then goes up to $6.40 per user, per month for 1TB of storage and some extra features designed for businesses. If you'd like to give it a shot without committing, there is a 15-day free trial available.

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G Suite (Google Apps)

Google offers a very nice free online office suite that also packages offline support. Docs, Sheets, and Slides are competent Word, Excel, and PowerPoint alternatives, but don't expect to find the same level of in-depth formatting that Microsoft Office offers. Everything you create in Google Apps is automatically saved to cloud storage anytime a change is made, and there is a far-reaching revision function that lets you go over each change and decide whether or not you want to keep it. You can also export and import files in all common file types.

With a Google account, you get 15GB of free storage in the cloud to hold your documents, and anyone with a Google account (and the right permissions) can share, view, and edit documents. There is likewise a paid alternative to the free Google Apps, known as G Suite. It's more business-oriented, offering up business email and thorough support, as well as more Google Drive storage space. The Basic subscription costs about $5 per user, per month and nets you 30GB, the Business subscription (about $10 per user, per month) adds a low-code app development environment, smart search, and unlimited cloud storage for teams of more than five users. Finally, the Enterprise option (about $25 per user, per month) adds further data loss prevention tools and analytics.

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WPS Office

WPS Office has a few options to choose from, including free, premium, and professional versions that come with some different features. WPS Office Free gives you access to Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets, and 1GB of cloud storage let you quickly and easily share documents. To subsidize the service, you will see some ads once in a while.

WPS Office Premium costs about $30 (opens in new tab) for a year's subscription, but it lets you connect up to nine devices at once, there are no ads, you get access to a ton of templates, and the office tools come with extra features. You still get 1GB of cloud storage for sharing, and there's a PDF reader that can convert PDFs into Word filetypes.

Finally, WPS Office Premium — about $45 per year for one PC or $80 for lifetime access on one PC (opens in new tab) — adds further support for different languages as well as full support to help you get acquainted with the suite of tools.

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Microsoft Office Online

If you're well acquainted with Microsoft's Office tools and would rather not change, you can always give Office Online a shot. It has free browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that can be used indefinitely as long as you have internet access.

You can move between the online version and full desktop-based Office at any time without losing work or formatting, and you do get most of the same core features in each app. Best part? It's completely free. If you're planning to work on a device with a screen smaller than 10.1 inches, you can likewise check out Microsoft Office Mobile for free (opens in new tab).

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SoftMaker Office

SoftMaker Office features Word, Excel, and PowerPoint alternatives — known here as TextMaker, PlanMaker, and Presentation — that use Microsoft Office file formats for easy transitions. Choose from ribbon or classic button UI in the Office apps, take advantage of support for multiple languages, and even handle email with integrated Thunderbird, one of our favorite email apps for Windows 10.

There is a 30-day trial version to help you decide whether or not SoftMaker Office is for you. After that, prices go from about $45 per year for five devices, or about $100 for a Professional version that only needs to be purchased once.

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LibreOffice 6

When it comes to free office suites, LibreOffice is right up among the best. It includes the three core apps — Writer, Calc, and Impress — that replace Word's own Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and it also has Draw (diagrams), Base (database), and Math (formula editor) for added functionality.

LibreOffice works with a ton of file formats, including those associated with Microsoft Office, and there are over 350 extensions available for download to help make it feel more like your own set of tools. If you used to use OpenOffice, know that LibreOffice is the successor that's as good or better in just about every way.

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Corel WordPerfect

Corel WordPerfect has come a long way, resulting in a powerful office suite with all the tools you'd expect. WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Presentations, and WordPerfect Lightning are equivalents to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, plus there's eBook publisher and photo editing software.

It supports plenty of popular file types, there are thousands of clipart images, plenty of templates and fonts, and a built-in dictionary. This is just scratching the surface of features available in WordPerfect, making it well worth the price tag. A Home & Student edition starts at about $75 (opens in new tab) and doesn't include some of the extra features like ebook publishing, while a Standard edition with all features starts at about $250 (opens in new tab). If you'd like to give it a shot before buying, there is a 30-day free trial available.

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Updated August 21, 2018: We refreshed this list of Office alternatives to ensure you're still getting the best of the best if you'd like to go without Microsoft's suite.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

59 Comments
  • We love Microsoft office apps! :)
  • Yeah, man! Never thought about alternatives to Office. Neither have I heard of the others (except Google apps for the Google namesake) :P nevertheless, this is a great article that urges us to explore the options and that too coming from Windows Central. To me, this keeps proving msft's strong presence and effort in the productive world.
  • Google is sick man when it comes to online storage. Did you know that you have to pay enterprise prices in order to use their version of On-Demand File usage. Normal prices are $9.99/month for 1 TB storage and that is just that. No extra apps or ad free email inbox. That means for about $100 a year I get nothing but storage that too for only one user. In comparison Office 365 Home or Personal is very cheap considering you pay the same price but you also get office apps as well as AD FREE EMAIL. 365 Home can be shared upto 5 users and each user gets 1 TB storage seperately. I suggest you share the subscription with a friend. You can share the subscription upto 5 Users but there is a limit of total of 5 PC installations at a time. If you and your friend have total 3 PC then you acn share it with another friend. Costs are sp cheap if you consider the sharing option. Even without sharing it is better deal than buying insanely higher priced online storage.
  • Yeah bro ;P
  • Nothing beats Microsoft Office
  • Office Online people
  • If you work for a US based corporation, check to see if they take part in the Microsoft Home Use Program. If they do, you should be able to purchase Office 2016 professional for ten or eleven dollars.
  • Why US based? I use the HUP on my laptop and my employer is certainly not US based. HUP is not US alone and is well worth considering. Home use in my other PCs though, LibreOffice is king. Frankly, if my office didn't use MS Office I'd prefer LibreOffice on my laptop as well.
  • It depends how much you want to use. If you want online storage then Office 365 is cheaper than any other alternative listed in this article. Some opensource doesn't provide with you online storage or some like G suite that provides don't have offline apps. I normally suggest users to choose Office 365 Home that can be shared upto 5PCs and 5 users, each user gets 1 TB onedrive storage.. Only caveat is that 5 PC limit is total for all 5 Users but I still think you can share the subscription between at least 2 people. That means cost drops to $50 per year. That's so cheap. I don't have any problem with the google drive but onedrive has better integration in windows. Plus if you are like me who uses Outlook email, as a 365 subscriber you don't see ads in your email too. Thats good deal if you want Tons of online storage and ad free email. Office 365 is the way to go.
    For normal users I would stongly recommend LibreOffice because it is open source and actively updated.
  • Always a good deal. You'll just have to download the media yourself since the cost only afford you a license.
  • Although I have the signature of Microsoft Office, there is this option from Corel (Word Perfect):   http://www.wordperfect.com/en/product/office-suite/ http://www.wordperfect.com/en/product/professional-edition/?hptrack=mmwp...
  • Re: Ramanuga,
    Corel WordPerfect is a very good full featured product.
  • Libre office is fine for most people, if you run a businses or you got to have Office then it is a different thing, but I have been using Libre office for years. Even better now, i have no idea what they have done, but it starts up faster. MS office, I would not pay the high cost and I do not like online office suites, I prefer to keep my documents on my own media.  
  • office is the de facto standard and for good reason. the only feature google had for a short time was collaboration and even that microsoft now can do too (and quite well in the last iteration). there simply is no way to be as productive as you can be with office using anything else. (my personal experience of course)
  • I use MS Office on the laptop and Libreoffice on the desktop. I can assure you that your personal experience re. productivity is not universal.
  • Fair enough, but can you open the files created in MS Office on LibreOffice with no formatting issues?
  • I think for 'being' and 'remaining' productive, nothing can beat/replace Windows 10 as OS(obviously PC) and Office 2016 or Office 365.
  • Word, PPT maybe but nothing gets close to excel. Sorry
  • Ya
  • truth :)
  • I tried some free office apps, but nothing can beat MS Office so far. And yeah, everything you create with google docs is the property of google. They can use it for whatever they want.
  • And what is to stop MS doing the same thing once you got your data on their server? Office is bloated and have more features than most people need and is also way over priced.  
  • They don't live from ad revenue, and offer a professional service :D And btw, compare the "Terms of Use" of both :D
  • Office is bloated and have more features than most people need and is also way over priced.
    For what you might use it for, maybe. Not everyone has the same usage case as you!!!! 
  • For the majoprity of people, i wonder how many people on here that use Office uses most of the features and could get by one one of the alternatives.   I know someone who have a businses and she uses Libre office, one reason is because she thinks  MS office on a MAc is awful and she really do not want to put Micrsoft products onher Mac if she can help it.  
  • Even if they don't use all the features, they want them to be there ready to use once they need them. That's it, I think.
  • I think sometimes it is snobbery, oh look I am using MS office, or they think they need they need it. I know a few people with MS office and they will never use most of the suite, never mind the features in Word. How many people really use Acess? word is what most will ujse and that is it Anyway, Libre office is more private.  
  • Not just Word, Power Point is also widely used, and many people and companies also use Excel. And btw, OneNote is also quite popular, just like Outlook :D But I agree, that Access is quite a niche product.
  • MS Publisher is annoyingly rubbish. Probably why that one's always missed out when people talk Office. These days Excel is pretty great, but it wasn't long ago that you could not trust it's calculations. Also, what's with the constant fannying around with the date format? Office will insist on randomly shoving US dates into things. Been a bug for so long now.
  • A mate of mine use Publisher, but it is difficult to get any company to print the output, I hate it, I still use Quark, but it is an old version, saying that I am liking Inkscape, whihc is a free alternative.  
  • Powerpoint is of no use to most home users, businses may use it, but I doubt many small ones will.
  • Other options that are listed in this article are only good and almost comparable if you use MS Word otherwise
    Office alternatives has lot less no of excel functions to maintain the data properly, Powerpoint is worst in other free alternatives even google can't touch when it comes to animations and level of customization when creating presentations.
  • Office Home and student 2016 is definetly not the way to go. Better opt for Office 365 Home and share the subscription between 5 Users or 5PCs plus each user gets 1 TB of online storage, if you use outlook email you also get completely ad free email inbox for mere $99/year. Mind you if you share subscription each user has completely standalone office apps and online storage, uses his own email. So, it is compete privacy. If you share the subscription then you can have understanding between your friends they can pay you their share of the cost. Use conditions
    1. Don't use office if you don't need online storage and It is waste of money. By the way I use it for backing up my PC to cloud and sharing docs due to its 1 TB size.
    2. If you use PowerPoint extensively and you use animations and transitions, etc. you must use MS Office no other can beat it at that.
    3. If you want to use free alternative then choose LibreOffice it is the best among free options.
  • Apple itself writes terrible softwares, many times...
    They finally implement resize-window-from-any-corner in 2012.
    Still no menu key. Still KB-user-unfriendly. iTune is horrible (can have your phone backup corrupted), Xcode... worst piece of software human can ever created in the history. We have 4k+ employees WW, we use MS's business solutions. The reason we use client version of office is because we need attachments, version control etc. And we use Excel (and excel script is essential to a lotta day to day operation / business) for our game server / data setup.
  • If you use an alternative, you're putting yourself at a disadvantage!
  • Bro, sometimes alternatives can give you the best of something. In this case, Office wins.
  • Sure, I suppose I should have worded that differently. But like you said, in this case, there's just no need.
  • Thing is, if I'm using Libreoffice, there's just no need to switch to MS Office. It's not even worth the HUP fee for me to shift. I have both (MS on laptop I use at work) and given the choice, I prefer Libreoffice.
  • To each his own. I only wonder how and why? I've used libre also, I'm a fan of linux, but is that your only reason? Cause there's just no comparison to the amount you can actually, professionally, do. Even though libre can do professional, there's still no compare.
  • A few months ago, I tried the 30 day trial of Office 365, and it sold me on purchasing a subscription.  Totally worth the price in order to have Office on multiple devices (my desktop & XPS 13) and share with my brother too.  A really nice upgrade over my old Office 2003.  I think that MS has priced this perfectly and fairly.  I'm a very satisfied customer.
  • That is what I am saying for the past years. MS Office 365 Home is the cheapest option given the 1 TB storage amount, ad free email inbox, and sharing the subscription among 5 People or 5 PCs whichever is earlier. After sharing price drops below $50 a year, what more do you want. Each user gets it own seperate 1 TB onedrive storage and email. So no privacy issues there. Even those free apps which are similar to MS Office are similar only when it comes to MS Word. They are not usable to whoever uses Excel with its formula and functions OR PowerPoint who uses animations and transitions in thier presentations. Free alternatives just can't stand when it comes to Excel and Powerpoint. Plus If you use windows Onedrive integrations is so so good. By the way did anybody knew that Google Drive charges you as a enterprise customer if you want to use their version of On-Demand storage. That is sick. There is nothing enterprise about that feature.
  • There is no alternative to Microsoft Office!
  • Yeah...there was no alternative to MS office..there is no alternative to MS office..and there won't be any alternative to MS office :D
  • Office 365 + 1TB cloud storage... who needs alternatives 
  • It's just a function of money really.   I mean, the world doesn't really need Office per se, they just need the functionality.   Cloud storage is actually easy to do at home today with off the shelf products as well, very cheaply. imo  Further, if we get into the cloud discussion privacy is a concern as well.   I actually like LibreOffice better, but that is just personal preference.   You can go buy a home NAS and supply your family and friends with free storage for almost nothing.   As I mentioned, it comes to preference and money.  
  • I tried to work on Google Docs, and I hate it. Some features is pretty much the same as Microsoft Office. However, most of my familiar keyboard shortcut doesn't work perfectly. It also slow, lousy, and always connect to the Internet. And, sure, most of Google's products has a lot of problems with Windows 10. It's truly nightmare when I work on my Lumias. As many people on the top of my comment said that nothing can beat Microsoft Office. I believe it is true. No better office client than Microsoft Office.
  • Zoho Office has ... "Projects and Books makes it easy for businesses to keep track of customers, employees, and finances."
    This is the first I've heard of these. Comments from anyone that use them?
  • ZohoOffice is very feature-filled and has a great interface. It also has a database creation tool, reporting, scheduling, project management, email and calendar, and apps for ios and android. If you're starting fresh and are not tied to Windows, it's definitely worth a look.
  • Why does Open365 sound so suspiciously like Office365 in name?
  • For me using MS Office is more than personal preference as I work in IT. Most, if not all, job specs state that you NEED knowledge of MS Office as a requirement.
  • Awesome that you mentionned SoftMaker Office and Zoho Personal. Zoho Personal is the most featured-filled web-only office suite that I have tried. SoftMaker Office is a great value, probably the best option on Linux. (I'd rather pay for my office suite than my operating system). Other office suites worth mentionning are Calligra (formely KOffice) and of course WordPerfect. Many of these options are operating-system independent, and also produce documents compatible with ODF standard. So, choose the your office suite, but don't worry about the file format.
  • I agree about Zoho Personal, although I personally couldn't get on with it I feel it is a decent alternative to MS Office.
  • Yeah... But, putting "proficient in XYZ" (not MS Office) on a resume will probably not land you a Job!
  • Agreed. In our office (no pun intended), that will get your resume disregarded immediately.
  • Quote from Ratrinda: "Office 365 + 1TB cloud storage... who needs alternatives" There is the real reason to consider 365, 1TB of cloud, a small handy Skype subscription (That also cuts out adverts) plus all of Office and in our case for 5 family users each getting the 1TB, I don't have to think about cloud storage and it allows me to fully utilize OneDrive etc. I have tried Libra Office in the past, does what I need, but the whole 365 package coupled with Windows apps and programs (The Windows account is the thing) just makes sense.
  • Many people wonder that same question. ODF is supported everywhere, so LibreOffice is the best alternative. Mac users can use that and just stay otherwise within Apple's ecosystem without having to create another (redundant) account for Office. Unless you're a heavy Excel user it is totally replaceable by Quattro Pro or Calc, bTW. Most people who say otherwise have probably never used the alternatives. Everyone isn't a professional accou ntant, works on Wall Street, or does high end statistical analysis in spreadsheets.spreadsheets The Microsoft account definitely is not a selling point for Office. It's a crutch that Microsoft is using to desperately push their other services.
  • two big issues that keep me from using office365- It forces me to install every component, even those I don't want or need. and, it doesn't let me decide where to install, forcing it onto my c: drive which I don't want.
  • Don't you need internet to use Google Apps? you made very clear that you do for Microsoft Office Online - almost made it sound like it is a negative I object to "Best Alternatives to ..." Alternatives to... Yes. Would it not be nice if LibreOffice can be placed in windows store.
  • Don't waste your money, go with the best, avoid anything scroogle creates as they will just suck up your personal data.