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I don't have Microsoft Office so I can't (open my syllabus, type a paper). What can I do?

Article ID: 482
Last updated: 10 Feb, 2014
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Owens offers Microsoft Office for sale in the Bookstore at a special student price.  This is your best option for compatibility.

There are free alternatives to Microsoft Office, but they might not be fully compatible with all Microsoft Office products.

Open Office:


Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Libre Office:


LibreOffice is community-driven and developed software which is a project of the not-for-profit organization, The Document Foundation. The LibreOffice software is developed by users, just like you, who believe in the principles of free software and in sharing their work with the world in a non-restrictive way. At the core of these principles is the promise of better-quality, highly-reliable and secure software that gives you greater flexibility at zero cost. Beyond this, the driving factor behind the community is personal choice and transparency, which translates practically into wider compatibility, more utility and no end-user lock-in to using just one product.

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