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February 2016

Evaluate Microsoft Office and alternative productivity suites

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Microsoft Office has been the de facto standard in enterprise productivity suites for years, but it's hardly the only software available. Even Microsoft has a few different options, from the Office many users know to the cloud-based Office 365 and even -- finally -- mobile applications for Google Android and Apple iOS. Shops that want to de-Microsoft can turn to open source productivity suites such as LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice, or even Google Apps. And there are even more mobile productivity applications, many of which are full-featured and provide good user experiences.

Settling on which option to use on which device is no easy task, however. Businesses must weigh the pros and cons of alternative productivity suites against the old standby. Cost, usability, features, cloud integration and mobile support are all factors. In some cases, Office still comes out on top.

Table Of Contents

  • Compare Office 365, Office 2013 and open source suites
  • Do companies even need Microsoft Office?
  • Five alternatives to Microsoft