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3 App Microsoft Office Alternatives for Mac Users

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It's easy to leave Windows. Just buy a Mac, spend a few days staying, and never look back. But for Microsoft Office users, the need to buy Office for Mac can be a hassle.

If you work in a traditional office environment that runs in Excel and Word, you might have to bite the bullet. But if you are too big of the world and still need to edit and send Office documents at any time, you have alternative options.

If you are not ready to buy Microsoft Office, the following are the best Office alternatives for your Mac.

1. Google Suite
If you will let go of the world of Microsoft, your best bet is to join the Google alliance. Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Slides are three alternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. There is no real alternative for Outlook besides Gmail, and you can get OneNote on Mac for free.

The Google Suite is very good and integrates well with your Google account. You will be able to open Excel files that you receive through Gmail on Google Sheets by pressing the quick key.
You can easily import Microsoft Office files to do it, then export them in Microsoft Office format to continue. And if what you do is pretty basic, with a standard font and format, you can do it. Others will never know that you are not using Microsoft Office correctly.

In some cases, Google Docs is stronger than Microsoft Word. There are extensive additional galleries, beautiful templates, superior research tools, and Google search capabilities for booting.

Plus, there are advantages to Google's cloud skills. Collaborating with multiple users simultaneously in a document is pure pleasure. It's a bit of a benefit, but it's indeed a miracle for productivity.

All suites are free and you get 15GB of storage. The only problem is that there is no real desktop application for all of this (although you can work offline on documents in Chrome, using Offline mode). The companion application for iPhone and iPad is also good.

2. LibreOffice
LibreOffice is widely recognized as the best open source alternative for the Microsoft Office suite. This means it's completely free and available on a number of platforms. This is the best Office alternative for Mac.

If you are familiar with the Microsoft Office user interface (the pre-Ribbon era), you will not take long to adjust to LibreOffice. Unlike the Google application, the LibreOffice package comes with a full-featured offline desktop application with all the pro features you expect.

To make the deal sweeter, LibreOffice recently added an online component. So you can synchronize files from Google Drive or OneDrive and edit them directly in LibreOffice (although there is no collaboration feature).

LibreOffice also does a good job in formatting when importing Microsoft Office documents. Even complicated Excel spreadsheets imported into LibreOffice Calc function as they should.

LibreOffice actually grew from OpenOffice, which was once a de facto alternative to Microsoft Office. But OpenOffice hasn't seen significant updates recently, and its management is considering stopping the project. So we advise you to stay away from OpenOffice. Conversely, the track record of LibreOffice in the past was very good.

3. iWork Suite
Included with your Mac are iWork Suite: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. This is an Apple alternative for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Pages, for example, are the best alternative words for Mac.

Because this is a Mac-centric application, the UI is very different. Instead of being top-heavy, options appear on the contextual menu on the side. And you don't have as many options as the Microsoft Office package. Because the three applications are now mature, all the basics are included.

Once you get used to them, they are actually fun to use (something we can't say about Microsoft Office). Although the adjustment options are limited, all that is available is quite polished. When you make a presentation at Keynote, chances are you will finally make something beautiful. The same applies to Pages - moving text, images and graphics around is a smooth experience that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out.

The iWork suite allows you to import and export documents in Microsoft Office format (but will save to the default iWork format). And as long as you don't use Mac-specific fonts, going back and forth with Office documents shouldn't be a big problem.

iWork also has an online collaboration option but frankly, I wouldn't recommend using it. They are not reliable at all
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