This article will not provide instructions on how to download Microsoft Office for free (although you can do it on the Microsoft website - a free trial). The topic is completely free office programs for working with documents (including docx and doc from Word), spreadsheets (including xlsx) and programs for creating presentations.
There are plenty of free alternatives to Microsoft Office. Many of them, such as Open Office or Libre Office, are familiar to many, but the choice is not limited to these two packages. In this review, we select the best free office for Windows in Russian, and at the same time information about some other (not necessarily Russian-speaking) options for working with documents. All programs were tested in Windows 10, should work in Windows 7 and 8. Separate material may also be useful: The best free programs for creating presentations , Free Microsoft office online .
LibreOffice and OpenOffice
Two free office suite packages LibreOffice and OpenOffice are the most famous and popular alternatives to Microsoft Office and are used by many organizations (to save money) and by ordinary users.
The reason why both products are present in one section of the review is that LibreOffice is a separate branch of OpenOffice development, that is, both offices are very similar to each other. Anticipating the question of which one to choose, most agree that LibreOffice is better, since it is developing and improving faster, errors are fixed, while Apache OpenOffice is not so confidently developed.
Both options allow you to open and save Microsoft Office files, including docx, xlsx and pptx documents, as well as Open Document formats.
The package includes tools for working with text documents (Word analogues), spreadsheets (Excel analogues), presentations (like PowerPoint) and databases (similar to Microsoft Access). Also included are simple tools for creating drawings and mathematical formulas for later use in documents, support for export to PDF and import from this format. See How to edit a PDF .
Almost everything that you do in Microsoft Office, you can do with the same success in LibreOffice and OpenOffice, unless you have used any very specific functions and macros from Microsoft.
Perhaps these are the most powerful office programs in Russian available for free. At the same time, these office suites work not only on Windows, but also on Linux and Mac OS X.
You can download applications from official sites:
Onlyoffice - A Free Office Suite for Windows, MacOS, and Linux
The Onlyoffice office suite is distributed completely free of charge for all of these platforms and includes analogues of the most commonly used Microsoft Office programs by home users: tools for working with documents, spreadsheets and presentations, all in Russian (in addition to the “office for the computer”, Onlyoffice provides cloud solutions for organizations, there are also applications for mobile OS).
Among the advantages of Onlyoffice are high-quality support for the docx, xlsx and pptx formats, a relatively compact size (installed applications occupy about 500 MB on a computer), a simple and “clean” interface, as well as plug-in support and the ability to work with online documents (including sharing editing).
In my short test, this free office proved to be good: it looks really convenient (pleased with the tabs for open documents), in general, it correctly displays complex office documents created in Microsoft Word and Excel (however, some elements, in particular, built-in section navigation docx document, not reproduced). Overall, the impression is positive.
If you are looking for a free office in Russian, which will be easy to use, work with Microsoft Office documents efficiently, I recommend you try it.
You can download ONLYOFFICE from the official website http://www.onlyoffice.com/en/desktop.aspx
Another free office in Russian - WPS Office also includes everything you need to work with documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and judging by the tests (not mine) it best supports all the functions and features of Microsoft Office formats, which allows you to work with documents docx, xlsx and pptx prepared in it without any problems.
Among the shortcomings - the free version of WPS Office produces print or a PDF file, adding its own watermarks to the document; also, in the free version, it is not possible to save in the above Microsoft Office formats (only simple dox, xls and ppt) and the use of macros. In all other respects, there are no functional limitations.
Despite the fact that, in general, the WPS Office interface almost completely repeats it from Microsoft Office, there are also its own features, for example, support for document tabs, which can be quite convenient.
Also, the user should be pleased with the wide range of templates for presentations, documents, tables and graphs, and most importantly - the trouble-free opening of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. When opened, almost all functions from the Microsoft office are supported, for example, WordArt objects (see screenshot).
You can download WPS Office for Windows for free from the official Russian old page https://www.wps.com/?lang=en (there are also versions of this office for Android, iOS and Linux).
Note: after installing WPS Office, one more thing was noticed - when starting the Microsoft Office programs located on the same computer, an error appeared about the need to restore them. In this case, a further start occurred normally.
Office programs with SoftMaker FreeOffice may seem simpler and less functional than products already listed. However, for such a compact product, the set of functions is more than sufficient and everything that most users can use in Office applications for editing documents, working with tables or creating presentations is also present in SoftMaker FreeOffice (at the same time, it is available both for Windows and for Linux and Android operating systems).
When downloading an office from an official site (which does not have Russian, but the programs themselves will be in Russian), you will be asked to enter a name, country and email address, which will then receive a serial number for free activation of the program (for some reason I got a letter in spam, consider this possibility).
Otherwise, everything should be familiar with working with other office suites - the same analogues of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for creating and editing the corresponding types of documents. Export to PDF and Microsoft Office formats is supported, with the exception of docx, xlsx and pptx.
You can download SoftMaker FreeOffice on the official website http://www.freeoffice.com/en/
Unlike the programs listed above, Ploaris Office does not have a Russian interface language at the time of writing this review, however, I can assume that it will appear soon, since the versions for Android and iOS support it, and the version for Windows has just been released.
Office Polaris Office programs have an interface very similar to Microsoft products and support almost all the functions from it. At the same time, unlike the other “offices” listed here, Polaris uses modern formats for saving Word, Excel and PowerPoint by default.
Among the limitations of the free version is the lack of search for documents, export to PDF and pen options. Otherwise, the programs are fully functional and even convenient.
You can download the free Polaris office from the official website https://www.polarisoffice.com/pc . You will also have to register on their website (Sign Up item) and use the login information at the first start. In the future, programs for working with documents, tables and presentations can work offline.
Additional features of free use of office programs
Do not forget about the free possibilities of using online options for office programs. For example, Microsoft provides online versions of its Office applications completely free of charge, there is an analogue - Google Docs. I wrote about these options in the article Free Microsoft Office online (and comparison with Google Docs) . Since then, applications have improved, but overall the review has not lost its relevance.
If you have not tried or are unaccustomed to using online programs without installing on a computer, I recommend you try it all the same - there is a good chance that you will be convinced that this option is suitable and quite convenient for your tasks.
In the piggy bank of online offices is Zoho Docs, which I recently discovered, the official site is https://www.zoho.com/docs/ and there is a free version with some limitations of teamwork on documents.
Despite the fact that registration on the site takes place in English, the office itself is in Russian and, in my opinion, is one of the most convenient implementations of such applications.
So, if you need a free and legal office - there is a choice. If Microsoft Office is required, I recommend thinking about using the online version or acquiring a license - the latter option makes life much easier (for example, you do not need to look for a dubious source for installation).