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Alternatives To Microsoft Word
Word was not always the top choice among word processors. WordStar is a word processor application that had a dominant market share during the early- to mid-1980s. Then Microsoft Word came on the scene and was delivered free to everyone purchasing a new PC.
Today we have many other options. We will look at a few.
OpenOffice / LibreOffice are the same but different. This article will give you some history and details: https://tinyurl.com/zsagq8d
We will looked at the simple with Jarte, Abiword, and the Office look-a-like in WPS. Then we checked out Google Drive.
If you have a Google account, you have 15 gb of storage in their cloud and have access at drive.google.com. All your Google data is stored here. Your gMail, your Google Photos, and anything else you upload to the “drive”. If you are storing your photos or movies or Google documents, the storage is free. If you are uploading non-Google files they use your 15 gb of free space. If you run out, you can purchase more space at a reasonable monthly fee.
I use Google Docs and Spreadsheets for most of my writing. Not only is it available on my PC, but also on my cell phone and Chromebook and LinuxMint computer, and at anyone else’s computer. Access is on the web and all files are stored there. Sharing files with others is a simple as clicking Share and sending them the link. They can view but not change or I can set it to allow their comments or even to modify the file.
We covered many questions regarding the various office programs. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.