Libre Office came to be when the community developing Open Office jumped ship several years back and created their own suite on the same code. Without going in to the details of the divorce, suffice it to say Libre Office has fared better than its ancestor, both in terms of development and popularity. Like Open Office, Libre Office includes includes six programs: Write (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentation), Base (database management), Draw (vector graphics) and Math (mathematical formulae). It's free to use on Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops. This review is part of our roundup of best Microsoft Office alternatives.
Open Office was the first legitimate free contender to Microsoft Office, though it has ceded that spotlight in recent years to alternatives like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and its own spinoff product Libre Office. The open source suite includes word processing (Write), spreadsheets (Calc), presentation (Impress), and database management (Base) programs, along with drawing and math apps that don't have a direct Microsoft corollary. Open Office works with most Microsoft formats including DOCX, XLS, PPT, and XML. It's free to use on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. This review is part of our roundup of best Microsoft Office alternatives.
October 13 is new iPhone day. After today's Patch Tuesday fixes and updates, Microsoft won't provide any further security updates, bug fixes or technical support for these products. Office 2010 and 2016 for Mac still can be used after today, but will no longer be officially supported. In addition to reminding Mac users that support for these two perpetual Office versions ends today, Microsoft also is repeating its guidance that users are advised to go with Office 2016, Office 2019 or Microsoft 365 Apps (formerly known as Office 365 apps) to connect to back end Office 365 services. Microsoft won't block customers using older Office client variants from connecting to Microsoft 365/Office 365 services, but it has warned those who do so won't get all the latest feature updates and fixes.
Some users want Office but don't want to pay for the current products--Office 2019 standalone software, or Microsoft 365's subscription-based Office apps. You can get Microsoft Office for cheap if you're willing to buy an older version, but you need to shop carefully. Here's what to consider before you buy. First of all, check product lifecycles and compatible Windows versions before you invest. Office 2010 ends October 13, 2020.
Microsoft announced in April that it would make the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit for Office 2016 for Mac. Well, the time has come. The update is rolling out to those who are running Microsoft's productivity suite on OS X. Apple's desktop operating system has been 64-bit for a while now, but Windows still allows users to to choose between 32- and 64-bit versions. With this latest update, Office 2016 for Mac is making the permanent switch to 64-bit support which Microsoft says will boost performance and allow for new features. This new update makes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote 64-bit for anyone running Retail, Office 365 Consumer, Office 365 Commercial, and Volume License installations of the software.