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I need free alternative of Excel in Mac Os. I know that there is Open Office, but I am not sure if it is even supported anymore.

Any ideas?

  • What exactly do you need in Excel - some parts are not available in other tools? – user151019 Mar 29 '17 at 12:40
  • I need viewing and simple editing - nothing fancy, @Mark – new2ios Mar 29 '17 at 12:40
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    Did you try Numbers? – dan Mar 29 '17 at 13:46
  • No, I installed LibreOffice, but I want to check free MS Office (no time now), @danielAzuelos – new2ios Mar 29 '17 at 15:49
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By adding a table to Numbers, you can use Apple's replacement instead of a third party's. Numbers is free for anyone with an App Store account (which may require registration and a payment card - but no charge whatsoever).

Numbers is supported and designed to replace Excel for the majority of Mac users.

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I use LibreOffice which is a really good alternative for MS Office. I've been using it for a couple of years now (on my Ubuntu earlier, now on MacOS).

If you need an online version of Office I recommend GoogleDocs. Full document edit history, collaborative editing, and ease of sharing.

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    LibreOffice is at best a mediocre alternative to MS Office. When management wanted to explore open office one of the biggest points of pain was OO/LO compatibility with MS Office formats. Second was OO/LO UI compatibility/familiarity. I wouldn't recommend that product to anyone with an active internet connection – Allan Mar 29 '17 at 12:32
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    I use LibreOffice in a context where the there are problems of compatibility between different versions of Microsoft Office and with LibreOffice. The use of LibreOffice permit me help my colleagues with different versions of Microsoft Office to get a version wich everyone was able to read. LibreOffice worked as a "greatest common denominator" between different versions of Microsoft Office. – dan Mar 29 '17 at 13:45
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Excel is available for free from Microsoft as part of an entire suite of products via Office Online.

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There's no need to search for a "free" Office alternative when Office is available free as a service. You will just need to create a Microsoft account to use it.

The benefits over the alternatives:

  • No software to install (i.e. LibreOffice/Open Office). All you need is a web browser.

  • Native Excel as opposed to "XLS compatible" (which is never really fully compatible)

  • Free 5GB OneDrive storage included with your account

  • Fairly standardized UI across all devices (macOS, iOS, Windows, Android)

  • As I remember there is monthly fee, which is not exactly "free", @Allan? – new2ios Mar 29 '17 at 12:23
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    You are thinking of their subscription package. They offer a free online version that doesn't have all the bells and whistles the paid version does. – Allan Mar 29 '17 at 12:24
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    So if you want an online version just use GoogleDocs :) – bartektartanus Mar 29 '17 at 12:26
  • @bartektartanus - Why when Office is available for free and more prevalent? – Allan Mar 29 '17 at 12:28
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    Because prevalent doesn't mean good. Like with any invasive technology, when competition is killed natural selection stops working, and quality fall down. – dan Mar 29 '17 at 13:40

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