If you are looking for an excellent free alternative to the famous one Microsoft Office (which if you want to buy also through an ESD license for less than 5 euros), you can try the famous package of WPS Office 2019.
Its interface very similar to Microsoft Office, offers almost the same work tools and good performance thanks to its lightness given the low weight of its installation package. It also stands out for its high compatibility with office documents, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slide, Adobe PDF and with OpenOffice formats. Precisely for these reasons and the ability to edit PDF files, it is ideal for those looking for a viable alternative.
It is the heir to the excellent Kingston Office, the abbreviation WPS an acronym for Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheets, which are apps equivalent to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint respectively.
The suite, Kingston first, WPS then, over the years has always stood out for its excellent compatibility with documents created through the various Office versions of Microsoft 2007/2013/2016/2019 (.doc, .docx, .dot, .dotx, .docm, .dotm, .rtf, .wps, .wpt, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlt, .csv, .xml, .html,. et, .ett, .ppt, .pps, .pot, .dps, .dpt) which had created a de facto standard.
Today also other products, not only free but also free, such as LibreOffice have reached a high level of compatibility.
Unfortunately WPS Office is not in Italian, available in almost all the languages of the old continent (English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Polish) but not in ours. A team was working on a translation, but unfortunately the traces were lost. However, this problem does not weigh heavily given the intuitiveness of the interface.
So any search with the keywords "WPS Office translation" is "translation WPS Office 2019"On Google does not give the desired result. At best, it is possible to find out-of-date translation packages (working only on WPS Office 2016) or unreachable. We hope that the situation will change and that we Italians will also be able to enjoy this excellent suite in our language.
Differences with Libre Office
Libre Office and WPS Office are very different: the first a FLOSS software (Free / Libre and Open Source Software), the second instead a simple free software with advertising.
WPS Office has an interface similar to the limits of plagiarism to that of the Microsoft suite, and excellent compatibility with its formats. Instead, support for free open document formats is still lacking (odt, odp and ods), which should be the standard.
In terms of functionality, WPS is a very refined and complete product. Unfortunately, as we have already anticipated, the translation in our language is missing.
From the new 11.1 WPS version unlike Libre Office, it also offers full support for editing PDF files. On the website you will also find a convenient online PDF file converter, which can always be useful if necessary.
WPS has a good and appreciated mobile version, available free for Android and iOS. In addition, it offers good optimization and noteworthy performance even on dated machines.
Install WPS Office
WPS Office available for all operating systems, Windows 10, Windows 8/7 / Vista and Mac. We also find it for Linux, iOS and Android.
On Windows install the free suite really very simple, simply go to the program website and download the executable (exe) of the latest version. When the download is complete, just double click to start the quick installation procedure.
On Mac the similar procedure, you will have to go to the site and download the executable (it will be in dmg format), and then click on it to bring up the "Applications" folder where you can drag it.
Instead on Linux the procedure changes according to the distribution and the package manager.
On Android and iOS, the simple installation is enough to download the app from the Play Store or from the App Store.
For any problem, a Help page of the Office WPS package is available, where you will also find manuals to download.