Top Desktop Office Software Suites and Apps Comparison Chart

Quickly Evaluate Tools and Features in the Best Office Software Worldwide

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You have likely heard of most if not all six of these top desktop office software suites worldwide.

Two of these are from Microsoft (Office 2016 and Office 365) because the former can be considered a subset of the latter, meaning both offer desktop functionality with Office 365 offering a little more beyond just desktop with some cloud integration. I thought you might want Office 365 on here for reference.

 

I have a full review that breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of each suite individually and in great detail, but for quick comparison, nothing beats a chart.

Detailed Top Desktop Office Software Suite Reviews

Take a look, and link to any you think look promising. I expect you may also be interested in my chart of where to Download Free Trials of Office Software

Comparison Table of Top Desktop Office Software

 Office 2016Office 365LibreOffice 5OpenOffice 4iWork 2014WPS Office / Kingsoft Office 2014
DeveloperMicrosoftMicrosoftThe Document FoundationThe Apache Software FoundationApple Inc.Kingsoft
WindowsYesYesYesYesNoYes
Mac OS XNoYesYesYesYesNo
LinuxNoNoYesYesNoNo
# of Devices Per License2 to 5, depending on plan2 to 5, depending on planUnlimitedUnlimitedOne officially, but free for new devices, so in a way unlimitedDepends on plan
 Microsoft Office 2016Microsoft Office 365LibreOffice 5OpenOffice 4iWork for Mac (2014)WPS Office / Kingsoft Office (2014)
Subscription or One-time PurchaseOne-timeSubscriptionOne-timeOne-timeOne-timeSubscription
Price$139.99 - $399.99 USD$1.67 - $22.00 USD/user/monthFreeFree$19.99 USD per application through Mac App Store or free on a new Macabout $3+ USD/user/month
Languages90+ languages40+ languages60+ languages30+ languagesUndetermined40+ languages
Microsoft Office CompatibileExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodExcellent
Open Document CompatibileExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentPoorPoor
Portable Document Format (PDF)ExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
Autosave and BackupExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodExcellent
EncryptionExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
AccessibilityExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodPoor
 Microsoft Office 2016Microsoft Office 365LibreOffice 5OpenOffice 4iWork for Mac (2014)Kingsoft Office 2014
Update ProcessGoodExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
SupportExcellentExcellentGoodExcellentGoodExcellent
Word ProcessorMicrosoft WordMicrosoft WordLibreOffice WriterOpenOffice WriterPagesKingsoft Writer
SpreadsheetMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft ExcelLibreOffice CalcOpenOffice CalcNumbersKingsoft Spreadsheets
PresentationMicrosoft PowerPointMicrosoft PowerPointLibreOffice ImpressOpenOffice ImpressKeynoteKingsoft Presentations
NotetakingMicrosoft OneNoteMicrosoft OneNoteNoNoNoNo
EmailMicrosoft OutlookMicrosoft OutlookNoNoSeparate Apple ProductNo
DatabaseMicrosoft AccessMicrosoft AccessLibreOffice BaseOpenOffice BaseNoNo
Desktop PublisherMicrosoft PublisherMicrosoft PublisherNoNoNotNo
 Microsoft Office 2016Microsoft Office 365LibreOffice 5OpenOffice 4iWork for Mac (2014)WPS Office / Kingsoft Office (2014)
CollaborationMicrosoft OneDriveSkype / Microsoft LyncNoNoNoNO
Project ManagementMicrosoft ProjectMicrosoft ProjectNoNoNoNo
DiagrammingMicrosoft VisioMicrosoft VisioLibreOffice DrawOpenOffice DrawNoNo
Graphics EditorNoNoLibreOffice DrawOpenOffice DrawNoNo
Formula EditorEquation EditorEquation EditorLibreOffice MathOpenOffice MathNoNo
HTML/WebsiteMicrosoft SharePoint DesignerMicrosoft SharePoint DesignerNoNoNoNo
User InterfaceExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellent
Text EffectsExcellentExcellentGoodExcellentGoodGood
Image EffectsExcellentExcellentGoodExcellentGoodGood
Paragraph LayoutExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
Charts and TablesExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
 Microsoft Office 2016Microsoft Office 365LibreOffice 5OpenOffice 4iWork for Mac (2014)Kingsoft Office 2014)
Data AnalysisExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
ReferencesExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodPoor
MailingsExcellentExcellentGoodGoodPoorGood
CommentsExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodGood
Spelling & GrammarExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodExcellent
Complex DocumentsExcellentExcellentGoodGoodPoorGood
Printing & LayoutExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
Cloud EnvironmentOneDriveOneDriveNoNoiCloudNo
Synchronous CollaborationNoExcellentNoNoNoNo
Online to Offline SyncingYesYesNoNoYesNo
Social SharingYesYesNoNoYesNo
Design ThemesExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
TemplatesExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood
Add-ins / AppsExcellentExcellentExcellentExcellentGoodPoor
Customization ToolsExcellentExcellentGoodGoodGoodGood

 

Hopefully this helps you narrow down (and speed up!) your search for the right productivity tool for your computing device(s) and lifestyle. 

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Grigg, Cindy. "Top Desktop Office Software Suites and Apps Comparison Chart." ThoughtCo, Dec. 17, 2015, thoughtco.com/office-software-suite-comparisons-2512177. Grigg, Cindy. (2015, December 17). Top Desktop Office Software Suites and Apps Comparison Chart. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/office-software-suite-comparisons-2512177 Grigg, Cindy. "Top Desktop Office Software Suites and Apps Comparison Chart." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/office-software-suite-comparisons-2512177 (accessed October 20, 2017).