WPS Office: Free alternative to Microsoft Office

WPS Office earlier known as Kingsoft Office is a free Office suite that lets you perform your daily office tasks easily. It is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. WPS Office is available for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS. The multi-platform engine has helped WPS Office to gain considerable popularity. WPS Office is far better than its previous versions of Kingsoft – it has been fully revamped to meet the modern requirements of an office user. It has got a new name, a new design, and new features – but still is free of cost. In this post, we will discuss the features of WPS Office 2013.

Free alternative to Microsoft Office

WPS Office may be a competitor to Microsoft Office, but it shows full support to the Microsoft Office formats like DOC, XLS, PPT, etc. – and you know that’s the part of competition, as support for these formats may force some Microsoft Office users, who cannot afford to upgrade to newer versions, to shift to this free alternative.

The suite includes three applications, Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheet.

WPS Office Writer

Writer is the feature-filled component of the suite supporting all the common formats – similar to Word. You can use Writer for writing your school projects, creating a resume, or just anything. Writer even allows you to add word-arts, text fields, headers, footers, etc. You can even add charts, symbols, and equations.

WPS Writer

WPS Office Presentation

Talking about the Presentation component of the suite, it lets you create presentations and even present them using the slideshow feature. It comes with nine preloaded designs, and you can download more from their website. Presentation supports animations and transitions. It is what PowerPoint is, in Microsoft Office.

Free alternative to Microsoft Office

WPS Office Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are the most useful and important component of the suite. Like Excel, you can create workbooks with more than one sheet. It comes with all the important features like auto sum, merging the cells, formulas, sorting, etc.

WPS Office

You can seamlessly edit more than one files with the help of priority tabbing feature. Unlike Microsoft Office, you can open more than one files in the same window so that you can easily navigate between multiple files. You can, of course, add this feature to Microsoft Office using Office Tabs.

The UI of the applications in somewhat similar to Microsoft Office. If you’ve been previously using Microsoft Office, then you may not face many difficulties in using WPS too. The UI is easy to use and includes three skins preloaded. Out of them, two are modern skins, and one is the classic-styled skin. You can switch skins as you wish.

With WPS Office, you can quickly share the documents using the built-in emailing feature. It tries to keep your work as safe as possible by creating automatic backups of the file; this feature is also known as Auto-Save in Microsoft Office. The program also supports document encryption, so that you can protect your documents against misuse or thefts.

Overall, WPS is a good free alternative to Microsoft Office and can do almost every task that can be done with Microsoft Office. The 45-MB setup did more than what I expected. Since it is available for mobile platforms too, you can open your WPS documents on mobiles without any chances of losing data or effects.

WPS Office free download

Click here to download WPS Office. Worked just fine on Windows 10/8.1/7. It is also available on the Microsoft Store.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

10 Comments

  1. Erniek

    It is also available (and free) for Android as well. I have been using it on my phone/tablet for a couple of years now (originally as Kingsoft). As you say it is a good alternative to MS Office and has no problems opening and editing existing Word documents. This has been the office program I recommend when setting up a new tablet [and now PC’s] for other folks.

  2. Nina_Gorbunova

    Hello Anand! It would be great to hear your thoughts on Teamlab Office (https://personal.teamlab.com). It is a free cloud office suite compatible with Microsoft Office formats as well. Moreover, it provides co-editing and commenting capabilities.

  3. Thanks, will have a look at it.

  4. jay

    It does not support Lumia 730. It shows error that windows does not support this file type

  5. Revanth

    Hey Jay,
    WPS Office for Windows Lumia 730 have some issues with the compatible Of the device, try to install the new updates that, the issue is cleared and update is released.

  6. Yon

    I found this useful until I understood that it is not quite “free” – when you print the document there is a watermark, and other features are disabled – you can’t even do an outright purchase – you need to pay a monthly/yearly fee – forever…
    I don’t say that it’s unfair – it’s that the term “free” is misleading

  7. Nä Khim Chëä

    Less animation!!! 😛

  8. Nikolai

    It is free if you’re using any version under 2015… The “Free” version of 2015 will start printing out Watermarks after the month trial is up! Find 2014 somewhere and enjoy that one, it has plenty of decent features. Best part, No watermark!

  9. vl1969

    it’s only free if you do not need to print. otherwise you need to buy the pro or business version for it not to include the watermark on printed document. if I could I would proposed a law to discourage such practices. you you advertise a FREE product, you do not cripple feature that is most needed for practically all users. I understand not having sertain capability involved in business, like micro support for example, or provide less templates for free. if you need some special template you need to buy one.
    but printing and ,pdf conversion to some extent , is a must have features and you can not claim your product is FREE when you stop it from being used as intended on a very basic level.

    IMHO.

  10. Trymbak Sapre

    hope this will be available for windows phone also.

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