Think about it, not that long ago you had to open and use multiple software to work. Nowadays, you can do almost anything from a simple web browser, like Safari, Firefox, Edge, and many more.
The strength of online services
With one or two windows of your favorite browser, you can have your search engine, your word processing page, your spreadsheet, a dictionary, your brokerage service or even your online messaging in a series of tabs.
And on the second, why not a few pages of entertainment or information; music, social media, weather, news, etc.
The big plus is that you don’t have to have a powerful, state-of-the-art $ 2000 computer. Entry-level keyboard and mouse tablets and laptops are ideal for these web browser-based online services.
The Apple iPads and Microsoft’s Surface Go 2s tested here are very good candidates. Or even Google’s Chromebook products.
Free online services
For students and their parents and telecommuters, this is a good way to reduce material costs. On the other hand, there are many great online services that are free, even without collecting personal data for advertising purposes.
Zoho One, free
At no cost to single users, Zoho offers a strong office suite with no ads or data collection called the Zoho Office Suite. This is the starting point for any freelance writer or student starting their studies. Later, this online suite can follow you throughout your career, from school to your future CEO role with corporate tools.
Zoho Office Suite offers four basic tools such as Writer word processor, Sheet compatible spreadsheet, Show presentation program, and Notebook notes application. All of them are compatible with Microsoft Office files.
Last interesting detail, the four tools for your computer are also available in mobile versions for iOS and Android. And from any computer, at school or at home, just open a Zoho webpage to find all your documents and applications.
Of course, where Zoho makes up for it is by charging for its services for professionals and businesses.
If Zoho is offered in French, it happens however to find sections in English, but nothing dramatic.
Free Apache OpenOffice (macOS, Linux and Windows) office suite
This other free office suite includes all types of files similar to those of Microsoft’s competitor Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher).
Very complete, it includes six modules: the Writer word processor, the Calc spreadsheet, the Impress presentation module, the Base database module, the Draw module and the Math mathematical equation editor. There is even documentation in French in the form of guides and tutorials and free assistance on a French-speaking forum and discussion lists.
In the same vein, Google also offers online office applications: Docs text documents, Sheets spreadsheets, Slides presentations and Drive online storage. This is obviously available online in our language on any web browser from your Google account.
If you’re looking for a better computing equivalent to work offline and online, just download Chrome on your macOS or Windows system to take advantage of the Office editor for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
This editor allows you to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without installing Office on your computer.
In a paid version for business, Google Workspace https://workspace.google.com/, formerly G Suite, is offered.
Paid software suites
NeoOffice for macOS $ 40 on the App Store
Based on the macOS versions of LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice, the NeoOffice suite provides better integration as well as functions and features specific to macOS systems.
Since 2013, the publisher of NeoOffice has chosen a commercial distribution model by single purchase on the App Store.
This Office suite is the elephant in the room! It was on her that Microsoft built its empire.
In 2016, there were 1.2 billion users and 60 million businesses worldwide using Office tools on their computers – numbers that are surely higher today. And as things are going, it’s not the competition from free suites that seems to worry the US publisher.
Before taxes, the subscription license for the Office 365 Personal suite costs $ 79 per year.
Compatible with macOS, iOS, Android and Windows, we get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype, while Publisher and Access are only compatible on Windows.
With cloud mode, the subscription includes 1000 GB (1 TB) of online storage on OneDrive.
Another option is the definitive purchase of Office Home & Student 2019 for $ 169 on a single computer, macOS, or Windows PC. In this case, there are only three software, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and no updates. If in three years you want to use a newer version, you will need to purchase a new license or subscribe.
The Bill Gates Empire also offers a family plan: the subscription for up to six people for $ 109 per year.
If you opt for a macOS and iOS mobile system, be aware that Apple offers its own Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps with its Mac products. Solid!