Tools For Writers: 14 Free Alternatives To Microsoft Word

Let’s face it, Microsoft Word is showing its age. Add to this the fact that its not cheap and I can see why you might be thinking of looking for an alternative to Microsoft Word. Below is a list of alternatives to Microsoft Word that I have either tried or seen in action. I am sure I have missed some real humdingers. If you know of any free alternatives to Microsoft Word I’ve missed please add them to the comments.

Alternatives to Microsoft Word

  • Google Docs: Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template.
  • Open Office (Win, Max, Linux) : 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
  • Zoho: offers a comprehensive suite of on-line business, productivity & collaboration applications.
  • Adobe Buzzword: Adobe® Buzzword® is a proven and robust online word processor.
  • Etherpad: EtherPad is the first web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time.
  • ThinkFree: ThinkFree online services provide a free web office suites with 1GB of online storage.
  • KOffice (Win, Mac, Linux): KOffice is free Office suite software, meaning it’s open for anyone to improve and does not cost anything.
  • IBM Lotus Symphony (Win): IBM Lotus Symphony documents is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Suite that allows its users to create, edit, share and save word documents and others too such as presentations, spreadsheet etc.
  • SSuite Office Software (Win): SSuite Office is all about you… the first time computer-user as well as the more experienced or general computer-user, who needs more functional applications and office software than just the basic ones that are shipped as standard with current operating systems.
  • NeoOffice (Mac): NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs) for Mac OS X.
  • SoftMaker Office Suite (Win): The Microsoft Word-compatible word processor that is so easy to use that you will wonder why you bothered with Microsoft Word or for so long.
  • Jarte (Win): A free word processor based on the Microsoft WordPad word processing engine built into Windows.
  • Ommwriter A simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, vindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.
  • Bean (Mac): Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable.

I would love to collect a more comprehensive list of free alternatives to Microsoft Word. So, like I said, if you have any expedience with other word processing software please share your thoughts in the comments.

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By Gary Smailes - Co-founder at BubbleCow, helping writers to write, get published and sell more books. Google+ Twitter

  • Gpetersi

    I just love Ssuite Office, their software doesn’t even need Java or .NET to run on.  :)

    My netbook just loves their office software, small and fast to run!!  :D

  • Wim Tibackx

    Additionally, for anyone who’d like more structure and such, I can recommend yWriter ( ).

  • Tony Noland

    That’s the software I use for my fiction writing. Love it.

  • Jan Rokkjær

    Why all write the same 10 programs as alternative to msword? OpenOffice is not an alternative simply because it of so pore quality and with so bad graphics and functions that it is useless even as alternative to WordPad which i think you should mention if you mean OpenOffice Is and alternative