Not buying Microsoft Office and using a free alternative? Watch

Naiyan. J
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I was wondering if anyone has used an alternative to Microsoft Office like LibreOffice, Open Office or Google Docs so as to save some money.

And if so would you recommend it? If anyone has I'd be very happy if you could explain any issues... my main fear is compatibility issues when opening documents and the format going all wrong or sending a lecturer some random doc and he/she can't open it.
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I've used Open Office and haven't had any compatibility issues at all. It is pretty basic and not as flashy as Microsoft but it has everything I needed for first year at Uni. As I remember, it had all the science symbols that I needed (like degrees and theta). The only issue I had was the word equivalent document not having Microsoft's equation tool.

It's free so you may as well try it
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I use Open Office and that's fine. The default setting is called .odt, which does sometimes have some compatibility issues. But if it does you can just save it in .doc or .rtf formats and it's fine.
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Open Office is good one and so is Libre Office. They save the work in compatible formats and can be readily opened across the the various suites. Have a read - http://www.techradar.com/news/softwa...-money-1139295
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Im pretty sure the university has OpenOffice installed for you to use on campus anyway.

I use OpenOffice and have never had a problem work wise and I actually prefer it to Microsoft Office as you dont have all corporate ribbons and so on shoved in your face, it just does the job.
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