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Battle of Word Processor MS Word and its best free alternative

Battle of Word Processor MS Word and its best free alternative

This post is all about MS Word and its best free alternative.  A battle of word processors is a comparison of the features, capabilities, and performance of different word processing software or devices.

Word Processor is a software application / program used to create, edit, format, and print text documents.  Example: Microsoft Word, Libre Office Writer, Google Docs …. 

Word Processor

Basic features: 

  • Creating and saving documents. 
  • Text editing: Typing, selecting, copying, cutting, pasting, and deleting text. 
  • Formatting: Changing font styles, sizes, colors, alignment, and spacing. 
  • Organizing text: Using paragraphs, headings, lists, and bullets. 
  • Can use images  
  • Proof reading and editing: Checking spelling and grammar, finding synonyms, and making revisions. 
  • Creating tables, header and footer 
  • Print Preview, Printing on various Paper size like A4, letter, envelope …

Common Uses: 

  • Writing letters, reports, essays, and other documents. 
  • Creating flyers, brochures, newsletters, and presentations. 
  • Taking notes, writing summaries, and brainstorming ideas. 

Comparing Popular Word Processors 

Feature MS WORD LIBRE WRITER WPS WRITER GOOGLE DOCS ONLY OFFICE DOCS 
Platform Windows, Mac, Web Windows, Linux, Mac Windows, Linux, Mac Web Windows, Linux, Mac 
Android app Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iOS app No No Yes Yes Yes
Offline Yes Yes Yes No Yes 
File formats DOCX, ODT, PDF, RTF, etc. DOCX, ODT, PDF, RTF, etc. DOCX, ODT, PDF, RTF, etc. DOCX, ODT, PDF, RTF, etc. DOCX, ODT, PDF, RTF, etc. 
Price Paid / Subscription Free Freemium Free Free 
Ease of use 5/5 4.5/5 3/5 4/5 4.5/5 

Note: MS Word 2007 or previous edition lacks PDF, ODT … support, and web version is limited in features. In WPS Office Writer Windows version people get tons of pop up to upgrade to premium version and it also a Chinese App so there are tons of privacy concern.

For me Libre Office Writer, OnlyOffice Docs and Google Docs is the best alternative depending situation, if you know something better or have any suggestion then please comment.

 

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