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LibreOffice – don’t lie to yourself, you don’t need Microsoft Office

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LibreOffice Draw

Draw is a vector graphics tool to create graphics. It’s a alternative to Microsoft Visio or Microsoft Paint.

LibreOffice Draw

LibreOffice Math

With LibreOffice Math you can create and edit mathematical formulae.

LibreOffice Math

LibreOffice Base

And the last one: LibreOffice Base is a database management program like Microsoft Access.

Pros and Cons


  • free
  • open source
  • it works on almost any operating system or device (Windows, Linux, MacOS)
  • mostly compatible with Microsoft Office – Files


  • it does not provide a solution for E-Mails like Microsoft Outlook
  • if you open Microsoft Office – Files it could be possible that not all formatting is visible

So, do we need Microsoft Office or could we work with LibreOffice?

I work with LibreOffice since 2012 and I don’t really need Microsoft Office for private use cases. But at work I need SOMETIMES Microsoft Office, because of a few reasons:

  • you’re a developer and need to fix errors which occurs in combination with Microsoft Office
  • your customers, friends or teachers uses Microsoft Office and you need the original formatting
  • you use plugins or macros



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