Microsoft Office 2013 review

Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint get the touchscreen treatment, cloud storage and a bunch of new features.

Free alternatives

Both OpenOffice and LibreOffice are fully featured office suites, which are free alternatives to Office.

LibreOffice in particular has become the office suite of choice among free Linux distributions and if your business is opting for Linux desktop deployment, we would recommend this.

Although free, both LibreOffice and OpenOffice users will at some point have to interact with those that use Microsoft's Office suite and when it comes to collaboration Microsoft Office wins.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

Microsoft has made a move to support the Open Document Format that both LibreOffice and OpenOffice natively use, but the firm goes to great lengths to warn the user that the file format does not support all of Microsoft Office's features. This means users are more than likely to opt for Microsoft's own Open XML format to avoid having to fix minor formatting glitches.

Microsoft's Office 2013 wins out over these alternatives not because it offers more features, for many the considerable feature set of LibreOffice and OpenOffice is more than enough, but because in business environments complete interoperability with Microsoft Office isn't so much demanded but expected. Just remember to agree on a version among colleagues.

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/mobile/28299/how-to-use-chromecast-without-wi-fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
Visit/security/34616/the-top-ten-password-cracking-techniques-used-by-hackers
Security

The top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers

10 Feb 2020
Visit/operating-systems/27717/how-to-fix-a-stuck-windows-10-update
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020
Visit/operating-systems/microsoft-windows/354739/windows-7-bug-blocks-users-from-shutting-down-their-pcs
Microsoft Windows

Windows 7 bug blocks users from shutting down their PCs

10 Feb 2020