Best free office software of 2023 (2023)

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The best free office software makes it simple and easy to use office documents and spreadsheets without needing paid-for Microsoft apps such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

For most users, Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Microsoft Office and Office 365) remains the original and best office suite. Microsoft Word (opens in new tab), Excel (opens in new tab), Publisher (opens in new tab), Access (opens in new tab), PowerPoint (opens in new tab), and Outlook (opens in new tab) still remain key office apps.

However, over the years other companies have released rival office suites to help with productivity (opens in new tab), some of which is paid-for and some of which is free - sometimes with the same company offering both.

All of these alternatives to Microsoft Office (opens in new tab) offer a similar range of software applications, mainly based on creating and editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations (opens in new tab).

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However, while most offer the ability to work with traditional Microsoft Office documents, do be aware that not all will preserve formatting when exporting from or into Microsoft Office, which can be a problem when sending documents between different programs.

Even still, for home users and new businesses, the idea of being able to create, edit, manage, and organize office documents without incurring immediate subscription costs can be very welcome.

Here then are the best free office software apps currently available.

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The best free office software of 2023 in full:

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1. Microsoft 365 online

Slimmed-down versions of office, available to use free online

Reasons to buy


Fully compatible with desktop apps


Works with OneDrive

Reasons to avoid


Lacks some advanced tools

Thought you had to pay to use Microsoft Office? Yes, you do, if you want all the full features. But noting the threat from free rivals, especially Google Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) Microsoft has created its own set of free Microsoft Office online apps.

Microsoft 365 Online looks and works just like its desktop equivalent, and although advanced tools like pivot tables aren't available, though they aren’t offered by Google either.

If you generally use Microsoft document formats, Office Online is a brilliant choice. Unlike Google's free office suite, it doesn't need to convert your files before you can work on them, and you can share them easily through your Microsoft OneDrive account. Just log in using your Microsoft account (the same one you use to log into Windows 10) and you're ready to go.

There's a version of Office Online for Chrome, plus mobile editions of Office for iOS and Android.

Read our full Microsoft Office 365 review.

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2. Zoho Workplace

A genuinely exciting alternative to Google Docs

Reasons to buy




Better than rivals


Site creation tool

Reasons to avoid


Some tools are too simple

Zoho Workplace is very good in its own right. It's certainly closer to a desktop office package, and it's strong enough to have attracted businesses like the BBC and Nike as regular users.

Zoho's new-look word processor (which ditches the classic Word-style interface in favor of a formatting sidebar) is very well-presented and capable of producing professional-looking docs, and it has a sterling spreadsheet and reasonable presentation package alongside it.

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They're just the tip of the iceberg, however – Zoho Workplace includes a powerful site creation tool, a file management solution and many collaborative tools. Some are on the simplistic side, so they'll likely not replace anything you might already have in place, but if you're starting out as a small business Zoho is probably a good jumping-off point.

If you want to signup for the free version of Zoho Workplace you need to search the pricing page for the "Forever free" plan. However, there's no one-click set up or access, and instead you have to go through a sign up process that begins by providing details of an existing business domain.

Read our full Zoho Workplace review.

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3. Polaris Office

A cross-platform office suite that keeps your work in the cloud

Reasons to buy


Available for desktop and mobile


Includes 1GB cloud storage

Reasons to avoid


Bundled extra software

If you own a Samsung phone, you might already be familiar with the mobile version of Polaris Office. This cross-platform free office software is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, and comes pre-installed on some Samsung handsets. It’s compatible with all Microsoft document formats, and offers a slick ribbon-based interface with some basic customization options.

Take care if you choose to install Windows version, you’ll see various additional pieces of bundled software, which could potentially include a browser extension from McAfee called WebAdvisor, a market research tool called PremierOpinion, and antivirus software (opens in new tab). You can decline all of these – just keep an eye out.

You’ll then need to sign in with Facebook or Google, or create an account. This is necessary because Polaris Office is a cloud-based service. Your free Polaris account comes with 60MB monthly data transfer, 1GB cloud storage, and can be used across three devices (one desktop and two mobile). If that’s not enough space, you can connect Polaris Office to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive and Amazon Cloud Drive – or save work locally to your device.

Upgrading to a premium Polaris account gives you access to extra features including a PDF editor, removes ads, and the ability to search within a document.

Read our full Polaris Office review.

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4. LibreOffice

Everything you could want from an office suite, fully compatible with Microsoft formats and totally free to use – even commercially

Reasons to buy


Huge software suite


Full MS Office compatibility


Completely free

LibreOffice is compatible with all Microsoft document formats, and has almost every feature you'll find in the latest versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

The suite contains six programs to cover every common office task: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. The last three are tools you won't find in many other free office suites, and are designed for vector diagrams, mathematical functions and databases, respectively. The latter is particularly useful; free alternatives to Microsoft Access are hard to find.

LibreOffice is an open source project maintained by a huge and enthusiastic community of volunteers constantly working to improve stability and add new features. There's a great selection of extensions and templates to make it even more flexible, and it's free for businesses as well as home users.

LibreOffice is a fork of Apache OpenOffice, and the two are extremely similar, but LibreOffice is the better overall product and properly supports file conversion that preserves existing formatting - so your Word .doc files should look the same in LibreOffice as they do in Word, and vice versa.

LibreOffice is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, but there are no official mobile versions available except for a document viewer for Android. It has some editing features, but they're experimental and we wouldn't advise relying on them.

Read our full LibreOffice review.

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5. WPS Office Free

A feature-packed free office suite for Windows, Linux and Android

Reasons to buy


Supports Microsoft file formats



Reasons to avoid


Contains some ads

WPS Office Free is a slimmed down version of a premium office suite, but you'd hardly know it. Each of its three programs looks just as slick as the latest versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and is packed with just as many features.

File format support is excellent, and you can save your work in native Microsoft formats for easy sharing with Office users. There's no database software, but WPS Office comes with an excellent free PDF reader that's a great replacement for Windows' built-in app.

There's the occasional ad, but these are few and far between. They certainly won't get in the way of your work, and you'll easily forget that everything in this suite is completely free.

There are versions of WPS Office Free for Windows and Linux systems, as well as apps for Android devices, but Apple device users will need to look elsewhere.

Read our full WPS Office Free review.

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6. FreeOffice

A free version of a premium suite, with most pro features intact

Reasons to buy


Supports Microsoft formats


Includes PDF reader

Reasons to avoid


No thesaurus

Like WPS Office Free, SoftMaker FreeOffice provides analogs for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint (TextMaker, PlanMaker and Presentations respectively).

As with all the free office suites in this roundup, there's support for Microsoft file formats from 1997 onwards. It also offers effortless conversion to both PDF and Epub formats, which is a welcome addition.

Unfortunately, some key features are exclusive to the premium version of the software. Some of these (like tabbed browsing) are nice to have but non-essential, but the lack of a thesaurus is a real drawback for anyone who writes on a regular basis.

FreeOffice doesn't look quite as smart as WPS Office, but if you dislike the Microsoft ribbon and find it unintuitive then you'll prefer the slightly more old fashioned approach to navigation.

Read our full FreeOffice review.

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7. Google Docs

For working across platforms and sharing documents

Reasons to buy




Integrates with Google Drive


Mobile apps available

Reasons to avoid


Formatting issues



If you work collaboratively, or switch between a PC and a Mac, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides could be your first port of call.

For anyone who's already deep into the Android/Google ecosystem, this suite will be a natural choice. The three key tools run happily in any web browser, and are available as mobile apps for Apple and Android devices.

Google's free office suite doesn't offer the advanced tools you'll find in desktop software like LibreOffice (there are no pivot tables, for example, and there's no database tool) but everything is laid out in a clear, logical way and all your files will be saved and synced automatically so you don't have to worry about transfers and backups.

The chief disadvantage of Docs, Sheets and Slides is that opening files created using other office software is a cumbersome process and file formatting isn't is always converted properly. This is partly because Google's office tools use web fonts rather than ones stored locally on your device, and partly because Google doesn't support some of the features built into Microsoft software.

Additionally, there are some quirks with Google Docs that make it less user-friendly than other office software. As free software it does the job fine, but as a paid product it still lags far behind the features and functionality of Microsoft 365.

Read our full Google Docs review.

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Which free office software is best for you?

When deciding which free office software to download and use, first consider what your actual needs are, as sometimes free platforms will only give you access to a basic set of tools, so you may find a paid subscription is much more worthwhile. Additionally, budget software options can sometimes prove limited when it comes to the variety of tools available, while higher-end software can really cater for every need, so do ensure you have a good idea of which features you think you may need.

How we tested the best free office software

To test for the best free office software we first set up an account with the relevant software platform, whether as a download or as an online service. We then tested the service to see how the office software could be used for different purposes and in different situations, such as syncing between devices and backing up to the cloud. We also looked at import/export features, as well as different user tools that might be expected in any office software platform, from basic to advanced, to see how well they functioned.

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Brian has over 30 years publishing experience as a writer and editor across a range of computing, technology, and marketing titles. He has been interviewed multiple times for the BBC and been a speaker at international conferences. His specialty on techradar is Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, covering everything from office suites to IT service tools. He is also a science fiction and fantasy author, published as Brian G Turner.


What is the best free office management software? ›

Office managers can implement project management software for internal company tasks like documentation updates, events planning, and more.
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  • Trello. ...
  • TaskWorld. ...
  • Bitrix24. ...
  • Google Drive. ...
  • LibreOffice. ...
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  • Fleep.

How can I get Microsoft Office full version for free? ›

How to get Microsoft Office suite free if you're anyone else
  1. Go to
  2. Click Sign up for the free version of Office under the "Sign in" button.
  3. Log in to your Microsoft account or create one for free. ...
  4. Select the app you want to use and save your work in the cloud with OneDrive.
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Is there a free program like office? ›

LibreOffice is a free and powerful office suite, and a successor to (commonly known as OpenOffice). Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.

Which Microsoft Office does not require a subscription? ›

Microsoft 365 for the web is a free version of Microsoft 365 that you can use in a web browser. All you need is to sign up for a Microsoft account with a new or existing email address. Try the Office for the web apps.

What is best alternative to Microsoft Office? ›

Some offer full suite alternatives to Microsoft Office, while others offer core programs with their own versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Apache OpenOffice. ...
  • LibreOffice. ...
  • NeoOffice. ...
  • Kingsoft WPS Office. ...
  • SSuite Office. ...
  • Google's productivity apps. ...
  • Microsoft Office Online. ...
  • iWork for iCloud.

What is the cheapest version of Microsoft Office? ›

Compare Microsoft 365 with Office
  • Best value for 2-6 people. Microsoft 365 Family. Subscription. $99.99/year. Buy now Or buy at $9.99/month Try free for 1 month.
  • Microsoft 365 Personal. Subscription. $69.99/year. Buy now Or buy at $6.99/month.
  • Office Home & Student 2021. One-time purchase for PC or Mac. $149.99. Buy Now.

How long is the free version of Microsoft Office? ›

Get a free trial and you'll have access to premium features, more cloud storage, and advanced security for your data and devices. Try 1 month free Ready to buy Microsoft 365? After your 1-month free trial, Microsoft 365 Family is $99.99 per year.

Is there a lifetime subscription to office? ›

Head into the new year with an affordable lifetime license to Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac or Windows 2021, available now for $40.

Which is better LibreOffice or FreeOffice? ›

LibreOffice on the other hand supports much more extensions than that of FreeOffice as it has exclusive applications for drawing, math & database. So, if you want a suite which supports the older MS Office documents, go for FreeOffice but if you want to work with a wide variety of files then, go for LibreOffice.

Is OpenOffice as good as Microsoft Office? ›

Microsoft Office 365 is way more advanced than OpenOffice and has so many versatile features. Microsoft Office 365 should be used by just about every company regardless of size.

How can I use word without paying? ›

As such, you can take a free one-month Microsoft 365 trial. The trial will grant you access to the full Microsoft Office 2021 suite. Also, you get 1TB OneDrive cloud storage and 60 minutes of Skype credits per month.

Do people still use WordPerfect? ›

WordPerfect is not only still around, a new version came out in 2021 - The Verge.

Will there be a Microsoft Office 2023? ›

And then changes will begin rolling out for the Office app on Windows and the Office mobile app in January 2023.

Can I use Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office? ›

Google Docs is a free, web-based alternative to Microsoft Word. All you need is a Google account, an internet connection, and these tips and tricks.

Can you make a one time purchase of Microsoft Office? ›

Office 2021 is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office apps for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs and Macs.

Do you need to renew Microsoft Office every year? ›

That purchase of a license to legally run the software gives you the right to use that version of Office 2021 in perpetuity. In other words, the license has no expiration date, and users may run the suite for as long as they want.

How many times can I download Microsoft Office for free? ›

You can install Microsoft Office for free on up to 15 devices in total (five installations on Windows and MAC devices, five installations on smart phones and five on tablet devices).

Is there a free word and excel program? ›

#4) Microsoft 365 FREE

Microsoft recently made some apps in their Office 365 suite available for FREE. This suite includes MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams. This software comes as desktop apps as well as cloud-based apps.

Is LibreOffice better than FreeOffice? ›

LibreOffice has much more functionalities and tools compared to FreeOffice. It has more templates and wizards. Thus in this category, LibreOffice is the clear winner.

Is there a free version of Office 365? ›

Office online is a free version of Office 365. It is linked to your Outlook/Microsoft account (if you don't have it, you can create it by going to Because it's a web application that runs in your browser, Office Online will run on everything, from PCs and Chromebooks to iPads and Android tablets.

What is the free version of Excel called? ›

Excel Online is a free, cloud-based version of the program that can be installed as a browser extension. Excel Online stores everything in OneDrive, Microsoft's version of the cloud, and is part of a suite of free, web-based Microsoft Office programs.

Is there anything better than LibreOffice? ›

We have compiled a list of solutions that reviewers voted as the best overall alternatives and competitors to LibreOffice, including Google Workspace, ONLYOFFICE, Microsoft 365, and OpenOffice.

Is LibreOffice good enough? ›

LibreOffice, now at version 7.4, is one of the best-known open-source office suites. Open-source software has real appeal for government offices, financial firms, and other privacy-conscious users, because they can examine the source code for vulnerabilities themselves.

Do any companies use LibreOffice? ›

Around the world in 2023, over 466 companies have started using LibreOffice as Office Suites tool.

How can I get Office 365 for free without paying? ›

Sign Up for the Microsoft 365 Trial

As such, you can take a free one-month Microsoft 365 trial. The trial will grant you access to the full Microsoft Office 2021 suite. Also, you get 1TB OneDrive cloud storage and 60 minutes of Skype credits per month.

Do you have to pay for Microsoft Word every year? ›

Microsoft 365 is the new brand for the paid service that replaces Office 365. Since this is a subscription-based service, you will be making monthly or yearly payments to use the apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, and others) on all your devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone).

What is the difference between free Office 365 and Microsoft 365? ›

The Short Version

Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of productivity apps like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and more. Microsoft 365 is a bundle of services including Office 365, plus several other services including Windows 10 Enterprise.


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