16 Most Used Microsoft Office Alternatives for Linux

9. Google Docs

Google Docs which is an online-based office suite takes quite a different approach in documents creation and it’s essentially cross-platform, free and powerful.

It is used by millions around the world and has native apps for the two most used mobile operating systems (Android and iOS). It is written in JavaScript and features online collaboration, offline saving, and more.

It is the suite of choice for thousands of schools around the world and enterprises too.

Google Docs applications include:

  1. word processor,
  2. Sheets – spreadsheet
  3. Drawing – diagrams and flowcharts
  4. Forms – surveys
  5. Slides – presentation
Google Docs

Google Docs

10. Zoho Docs

Zoho Docs is another web-based suite similar in functionality to Google Docs but is, however, targeted at the business market (even though there’s the free version of it) because features like online collaboration and offline saving are are only available if you go for a premium subscription.

Zoho Docs can be quite pricey but it’s likewise advantageous as it also has native apps for Android and iOS with sync desktop clients for OSX, Linux and Windows.

Zoho Docs

Zoho Docs

11. Joeffice

Joeffice is another alternative with the commonly supported features like word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and database management with the exception of the fact that it’s written in Java.

Joeffice isn’t half as bad as it has a modernized look, completely open-source, and has the ability to run online.

Joeffice Office Suite

Joeffice Office Suite

12. Siag Office

Siag is another uncommon office suite that supports all the well-known Microsoft Office formats and quite a few components to boot – they include:

  1. Spreadsheet Siag – spreadsheets
  2. Pathetic writer – word processor
  3. Egon – an animation program
  4. XedPlus – text editor
  5. Xfiler – file manager
  6. Gvu – previewer

Siag is available for OSX, OpenBSD and Linux. The only downside I see to Siag is its somewhat dated user interface which I feel might be a turn-off for some.

Siag Office for Linux

Siag Office for Linux

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43 Responses

  1. Stefan says:

    I was using OLE between an Excel sheet and Word docs (2003 version, nice, fast and stable) for quite some time and recently moved to elementaryOS. I tried several of the above office suits but up to now I did not manage to get this OLE working and my Office2003 (I hate the ribbons – they are for kiddies not for professionals) does not properly install under wine.

    Any experience what might help (except a VMWare with WinXP and Office 2003)?

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