Do you need a good word processor? How about a spreadsheet program? Would you like to have a high-quality office suite of programs without paying the ridiculous prices for Microsoft Office? If you use Windows, you might want to check out Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2012.
Writing for C|Net, Rick Broida writes, "the fact is that I like the look of Kingsoft Office Suite 2012, and I like the price even more. The free version is extremely capable, offering robust counterparts to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint--and file compatibility with all three. It doesn't support Visual Basic or macros, however, so if you're a power user, you might want to consider the $69.95 Pro version, which adds those features (among others)."
He also writes, "Another reason I'm jazzed about this suite is that I'm increasingly dissatisfied with Microsoft Office--and not just the ridiculous price tag. On my Core i7 system, Office 2010 takes forever to load. And don't get me started on Outlook."
Again, it is for Windows only. Several other free office suites, including OpenOffice and LibreOffice, are available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. However, of all the available programs, Broida prefers Kingsoft Office Suite.
Kingsoft free office software suite is compatible with all of the latest Microsoft Office file formats. It can easily open, read and write documents created with Microsoft Office as well as a wide variety of other formats. Microsoft Office can also open Kingsoft Office files without having Kingsoft Office installed on the same computer. It is fully compatible with Windows 7, both 32bit and 64bit.
You can read Rick Broida's article at http://goo.gl/yUfcb.
You also might want to download the free software at http://www.kingsoftstore.com/kingsoft-office-freeware.html or the $69.95 Professional version at http://www.kingsoftstore.com/professional-office-suite.html (a 30-day free evaluation version of the Professional version may be downloaded from the same web page).
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