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Alternatives to MS Office
Recently, one of our readers shared with us several issues that cropped up after updating his laptop to Windows 10. He was happy to use the vastly improved operating system (OS) from Microsoft but his worry was about the inability to use MS Office after the upgrade.
 
Well, he is not alone. Several among us may be facing similar issues, especially after upgrading the OS, either on our computers or mobile devices. Microsoft also knows about these issues in its Office suite, following the upgrade to Windows 10. The best possible solution is update the Office suite to version 15.0.4745.1002 or later. It can be done by starting Office 2013 applications like Word or Excel and then clicking on File > Account > Update Options > Update Now. If you are using Office 365 ProPlus, you can uninstall it using a fix-it tool from Microsoft (read more) and re-install it from Office 365 website. Office 2016 users should not face any trouble after upgrading to Windows 10. However, if there is an issue, try uninstalling and then re-installing the Office suite.
 
However, the issue with the reader mentioned above was different. After upgrade to Windows 10, the Office suite was asking him to purchase the software. Most probably, he was using an ‘unofficial’ version of MS Office and this was caught by the upgraded OS. The reader wanted me to guide him if it was possible to open and edit Word or Excel files without buying MS Office suite. Unfortunately, the answer is no. 
 
If you want to use software that is efficient or convenient for your purpose, you should be ready to shell out some money for it. If not, many varieties of open source (read free) software that work flawlessly are available. But you will have to learn and adjust to use such free software with its (possible) limitations. 
 
One of the most popular alternatives to MS Office is Apache OpenOffice, which comes with word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, graphics editor and database management system. OpenOffice also supports a large number of file formats like shockwave file (SWF) and PPT. In addition, there are several extensions that can be used to enhance productivity on OpenOffice. Try it. But do not expect it to give you same styling like MS Office. For basic office work, it will work smoothly. OpenOffice is available on Windows, Mac and Linux as well.
 
LibreOffice is popular mainly for its fast processing, especially for Word documents. Since it is more actively developed, it comes bundled with many Linux OS.
 
WPS Office comes in two versions, free and paid. The free version has restrictions on some features. WPS Office is lightweight (just 100MB) and, if you need just the basic Office suite, look no further. The only issue with this software is that, while it allows you to create and edit documents in MS Office compatible formats, for saving, you need to upgrade to the paid version.
 
Softmaker FreeOffice is another alternative to MS Office. This also comes in free and paid versions. It contains three standard office applications, Word, Spreadsheet and Presentation.
 
For Mac users, there is one good and robust alternative to MS Office—NeoOffice. Unfortunately, it comes only in paid version. While it provides all the standard features of OpenOffice, there are some native extras like grammar checking, text highlighting and integration with the OS for drag and drop functionality. The only issue with NeoOffice is its incompatibility with newer versions of MS Office formats.
 
In addition, you can also use online Office suites. The most popular ones are: Google Docs, Office Online and Zoho Office Suite. Mac users can use iWork through iCloud for creating and editing small documents, spreadsheets and presentation files. 

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COMMENTS

Harish Kohli

7 months ago

Namaste Yogesh ji,
Sometime ago, in response to your article on upgrading software, I had written the difficulties I had after upgrading to Windows 10. Very frequently I could not print, or the laptop could not be started and had to "force quit" or would just hang. Then started a series of messages to buy upgrade/software and I have genuine software. I understood from friends that if you bought one then you were prompted to buy another. I tried but could not revert to the older software.

BuzzFeed's interview with Obama on Facebook Live goes blank
In a jolt to video live-streaming efforts on social media, news and entertainment company Buzzfeed's interview with US President Barack Obama suffered a technical glitch, leading to a black out within two minutes of its going live on Facebook Live.
 
According to adweek.com, nearly 35,000 Facebook viewers were on Monday left listening to BuzzFeed's legal editor Chris Geidner introductory lines as he was waiting for Obama to arrive before live streaming suffered a technical failure in less than two minutes into the broadcast.
 
Awkwardly, Buzzfeed had to direct Facebook Live viewers to YouTube -- Facebook's arch rival on the video streaming front -- where over 5,00,000 people had watched the interview without any glitch in less than nine hours of its release.
 
Buzzfeed's Geidner interviewed Obama on the Supreme Court nomination.
 
Facebook and YouTube are fighting to become the leader in online video streaming.
 
Facebook, during its quarterly earnings call recently, announced that its users watch 100 million hours of video each day and that 500 million people watch video daily on the social network.
 
Facebook has begun testing the ability to share live videos on the networking site for people across the world.
 
"Live lets you show the people what you're seeing in real time -- whether you're visiting a new place, cooking your favorite recipe, or just want to share some thoughts. No matter where you are, Live lets you bring your friends and family right next to you to experience what's happening together," a Facebook newsroom release said.
 
Facebook is also planning a new feature called "Slideshow" which will include music from Warner Music Group to help users create "soundtrack options".
 
Facebook, with 1.59 billion users worldwide, is exploring new ways to work in conjunction with the music industry, the New York Post reported.
 
The feature will serve as happy news for music labels at a time when they are downhearted with the volume of unlicensed user-generated content at YouTube.
 
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Diesel hiked Rs.1.26 a litre, petrol by 83 paise
State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on Tuesday raised transport fuel prices, with petrol becoming costlier by 83 paise a litre and diesel by Rs.1.26, both at Delhi and inclusive of local levies, with corresponding increase in other states.
 
"The current level of international product prices of petrol and diesel and INR-USD exchange rate warrant increase in prices, the impact of which is being passed on to the consumers with this price revision," IOC said in a release here.
 
Petrol per litre from Tuesday will cost Rs.63.02 in Delhi, Rs.66.44 in Kolkata, Rs.66.12 in Mumbai and Rs.62.47 in Chennai.
 
The price of diesel per litre is Rs.51.67 in Delhi, Rs.54.10 in Kolkata, Rs.56.81 in Mumbai and Rs.53.09 in Chennai.
 
The Indian basket, comprising 73% sour-grade Dubai and Oman crudes and the balance in sweet-grade Brent, rose to $45.17 on Friday for a barrel of nearly 160 litres, as per data compiled by the government's Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell.
 
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