Download this free Microsoft Office alternative, help charity

CNET | 12/12/2018 | Rick Broida
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For every download of FreeOffice 2018, SoftMaker's Load and Help campaign contributes to charity.

Unhappy with your current office suite? Need something for a new computer? Lots of folks turn to Microsoft Office out of pure habit, but there are loads of free -- and surprisingly good -- alternatives.

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You can try one of them and help a good cause at the same time. Between now and Dec. 24, SoftMaker will donate €0.10 (equivalent to $0.11 US) for every download of FreeOffice 2018 for Windows, Mac and Linux and FlexiPDF Basic 2017 for Windows.

Where do the donations go? According to SoftMaker: "We give the money to carefully selected charity projects around the world, which are presented by the non-profit charity platform betterplace.org."

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Read more: 6 ways to give to charity without even trying

SoftMaker has run this admirable campaign a few times in the past, though it's been a couple years since the last one. The big news this year is that FreeOffice is now available for Mac.

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The suite includes the "core three" apps you'd expect: word processor, spreadsheet manager and presentation builder. In other words: Word, Excel and PowerPoint equivalents. They're all file-compatible, meaning you can import existing DOCX, XLXS and PPTX documents and save those formats as well.

However, this being the free version, you can't save in the older DOC, XLX and PPT formats -- probably not a big deal for most users. The free version also lacks the tab view for multiple documents, which is one of my favorite features of another free suite, WPS Office.

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Still, FreeOffice offers pretty much every basic feature most users need, plus your choice of interfaces -- ribbons or classic menus -- and a touchscreen-optimized mode. Without question, it's worth a look.

And the simple act of downloading it comes with the satisfaction of helping charity....
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