Office Programs

1. What is an Office Program? An Office Program is a suite of programs that include, but not limited to: a Word Processing Program, a Spreadsheet, a Presentation Program and a Database Management Program

2. There are a lot of Office Programs to choose from and they can be divided into four areas: Free Programs, One-time Payment Programs, Subscription Programs and On-Line Programs.

3. The top four Office Programs would be Microsoft Office, Apache Open Office, Libre Office and iWork for Apple Mac.

4. Microsoft Office comes in three different varieties: Microsoft 365 (formally Office 365) a Subscription Service. Microsoft Office 2019, a One-Time Payment Program and their On-Line Service which is free to use with your Microsoft Account.

5. Apache Open Office and Libre Office are totally free programs which you can download. Other Free Programs include: WPS Office Free, SoftMaker FreeOffice, OnlyOffice Desktop Editors, Google Docs

6. On-Line Office Applications would include Microsoft 365, Google Docs and Polaris Office.

7. Microsoft Office Latest Version is Office 2019


Microsoft created Office in a wide range of versions to fit many different needs. Each version is built to address the main needs for a user-class, whether home, business or academic. But with so many versions you may wonder which version is best for you. With that in mind, here is a guide to assist in your choice between Office versions.

Office 2019 Home and Student is the traditional Microsoft Office product, sold for a one-time, up-front fee. You pay once and install on a single PC or Mac and use for as long as you like. There’s no expiration date.

Microsoft 365 is a subscription service, you pay a monthly or yearly fee and get access to the latest version of Office for as long as you pay the fee. You also get additional One Drive cloud storage and access to the Office apps for tablets. You can choose a subscription that allows you to install Office on up to five different computers, sharing it with your family, or just get Office for yourself.

All versions of Microsoft Office have the staple applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Office Online

Microsoft Office Online is a completely free, web-based version of Microsoft Office. Office Online is part of your Microsoft Account (One Drive).

Office Online includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote

Power Point Presentation Program

You can view a Power Point Presentation without PowerPoint.

PowerPoint Viewer has been retired. If you don't have PowerPoint installed on your computer, you can still open and view PowerPoint presentations by using PowerPoint for the web or PowerPoint on your mobile device. If you have Windows 10 on your computer, you can install PowerPoint Mobile to view presentations.

Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Apache OpenOffice is another free-of-cost substitute for Microsoft Word that runs on multiple operating systems. Also named Writer, OpenOffice word processor has long been a favorite of those looking to view, edit or create DOC files without the presence of Word.

The LibreOffice suite offers a free alternative that also supports Word document formats. Writer, part of the open source package available for Linux, Mac and Windows users, provides an easy-to-use word processor interface that allows you to view, edit or create new files from over a dozen formats including DOC, DOCX, and ODT.

Google Docs is a full-featured word processor which is compatible with Microsoft Word file formats and can be used free of charge with a Google account. Docs is completely browser-based on desktop platforms and accessible through native apps on Android and iOS devices. Integrated with Google Drive, Docs allows for seamless document collaboration with multiple users and provides the ability to access your files from virtually anywhere.

What About Apple and Linux?

iWork is an office suite of applications created by Apple Inc. for its macOS and iOS operating systems, and also available cross-platform through the iCloud website. It includes Keynote, a presentation program; the word processing and desktop publishing application Pages; and the spreadsheet application Numbers.

Linux Ubuntu comes with Libre Office pre-installed

What If you don't want all that and just want a Basic Text Editor?

Windows Operating Systems come with two free applications: Notepad and WordPad which are very basic text editors without all the bells and whistles.

Apple OS comes with Pages

Linux Ubuntu comes with Libre Office


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