Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:55

SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 for Windows, Linux and Android arrives - free!

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Boasting of being ‘the most compatible free office suite,’ FreeOffice 2016 says ‘no other free office suite offers such a high level of file compatibility with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.’

The makers of the excellent and affordable SoftMaker Office 2016 suite of MS Office compatible apps for Windows, Linux and other platforms has just released a completely free version, dubbed FreeOffice.

SoftMaker advises that if its customers are already using its SoftMaker Office 2016 product, there is no need to switch over.

However, for those without an office suite, or using competitors that aren’t as compatible or who perhaps are using Microsoft’s limited free online only Office suite, FreeOffice 2016 is naturally being billed as an excellent and completely free alternative.

The company says that SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 ‘is free to use at home and for business. After using it, you will agree that it is the best free alternative to Microsoft Office.’

FreeOffice is described as being ;a complete office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation program – all compatible with their counterparts in Microsoft Office.’

‘What's the catch?,’ asks the FreeOffice Website.

‘There is none,’ is the answer, which continues by stating: ‘Simply download it for free and use it for as long as you want. Millions of people are using it every day and enjoy this great free office suite.’

You can read about more FreeOffice 2016 for Windows and Linux features here, and you can download it free here

The System requirements are Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or even Windows XP. or any PC-based Linux (32 or 64 bits).

The details for FreeOffice for Android smartphones and SoftMaker Office HD Basic free for Android tablets is below, please read on.

Then there’s the FreeOffice Mobile software for Android smartphones.

The company says ‘FreeOffice Mobile is the only office suite for Android smartphones that displays your documents exactly like they look on your PC. You can now download it for free.’

We’re told that ‘It reads and writes not only the old Microsoft formats DOC, XLS, and PPT seamlessly, but provides the same full-fidelity experience with the modern file formats DOCX, XLSX and PPTX of Microsoft Office 2007 to 2016.’

We are also assured that ‘FreeOffice Mobile is easy to use and offers a user interface that is optimized for smartphones. It comes packed with features that you otherwise will only find in desktop office suites.’

You’ll need Android 2.3 or higher, with feature details here, and the download location here

Finally, there’s the new ‘SoftMaker Office HD Basic for Android tablets.’

The company dubs ‘SoftMaker Office HD Basic’ as ‘an award-winning office suite for Android tablets that offers uncompromising compatibility with the Microsoft Office file formats,’ and that is now available to download free of charge.

As with the other two versions above, we are assured that ’it not only works seamlessly with the old Microsoft formats DOC, XLS and PPT, but reads and writes just as perfectly files in the modern formats DOCX, XLSX and PPTX of Microsoft Office 2007 to 2016.’

Supremely confident it product, SoftMaker says its Office HD Basic ‘offers the most comprehensive feature set of all free Android office suites by far. It puts many professional features at your disposal that have been available before only in desktop office suites!’

You’ll need Android OS 4.0 or higher for this app.

SoftMaker Office HD Basic’s feature list is here, and you can download it here.


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