Best Free Online Office Suites You Can Try In 2019.

You don’t have to install or pay for a massive software suite to carry out office work on your PC. Here is the list of six best suites you can use for free without leaving your browser.

Google Docs.


What we liked:
Docs is Google’s take on the online office suite.
Its core components are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation tool, but it also has the brilliant Forms, which gathers responses to questions in a spreadsheet, and a simple drawing tool. The entire suite is integrated with Google Drive, the company’s online storage service, in which you can keep an unlimited number of Docs files. There are lots of things that make Docs our favorite online office suite. We love that you can use it even when you’re offline – provided you use the Chrome browser and are willing to install the Docs app (Click Here). It’s true that our other award-winning suites also provide offline versions, but they aren’t as neat and compact as Google’s. The individual components have a 
single toolbar that provides quick access to common tools and a row of menu options above containing more obscure features. This pared-back interface makes the software easy to get to grips with, and it’s pleasingly consistent across all the applications. However, it means that some of the more sophisticated tools are hidden out of sight. Bringing up a word count in the word processor takes a number of clicks or a three-fingered keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+C), for example, whereas Microsoft’s Office Online keeps this visible at all times. If your needs from an office suite are particularly demanding, you may still need to resort to a full software suite to work on huge files or make the most of advanced tools and options. But for most users, Google Docs provides more than enough to carry out even sophisticated tasks.

How it can be improved: 
The standard office-software menu and toolbar design will be familiar to anyone who has used office software before, but it’s also dull. Office suites don’t need to have pizzazz – and we’d be moaning if it was a case of form over function – but Docs is very ordinary. It also stores files in its own formats, so you have to convert them before you can share them – unless the recipients also use Google Docs.

Microsoft Office Online. 


What we liked:
Microsoft’s online office tools have two significant advantages. The first is that the files they create are instantly compatible with its offline office software, so you don’t have to perform file conversions or any other tricks if you want to share a file with the vast majority of PC users. The second is that the ubiquity of Microsoft’s software makes its ribbon-toolbar interface immediately familiar to anyone who has used Microsoft Office on a computer in the past half-decade. The suite includes Microsoft’s trio of essential office tools: Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheet) and PowerPoint (presentations). You also get access to OneNote, which is a handy place to keep and organize your notes and lists. The tools integrate with OneDrive, which in turn integrates seamlessly with Windows 10, so your documents are always within easy reach if you buy into the whole system. New accounts are restricted to just 5GB of free storage, though, which is less generous than Google’s provision.

How it can be improved: 

Microsoft’s free tools have been stripped back to provide some incentive to upgrade to its paid-for Office 365 suite. Also, clicking a document sometimes opened a preview instead – which meant we had to click another button to work on the document.

Zoho Docs.


What we liked:
Like the other award winners, Zoho provides a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tool, but while Google and Microsoft have made their suites look consistent, each tool in Zoho is completely different. The word processor, for example, has a modern, stripped-back interface, with buttons around the edge of the screen that open trays of extra tools. It also, senses which tools you need in a given context – if you highlight some text, for example, a tray pops up, offering tools for styling and commenting. It would be great if the other components offered this, too, but the presentation and spreadsheet software use ribbon-style interfaces, with tabs to change the toolbars. Even these look different to each other rather than part of a suite. The suite is linked to an online storage service so you can save your documents in the cloud. Like its rivals, Zoho provides software that helps you sync these files on your PC if you wish.

How it could be improved:
Although the main office apps don’t feel too stripped back, there are plenty of reminders that the free service is part of a larger suite that includes email services and task management tools. It also offers just 5GB of storage, which is a lot less than Google provides.



Open365 provides a way to use LibreOffice’s Desktop software without having to install it. Unfortunately, it’s still in beta and, as such, the interface feels unfinished. When using the word processor, for example, we couldn’t hold down Shift and use the cursor keys to move around the copy to select it. It isn’t ready for the limelight just yet, but we reckon it’s one to keep an eye on in the future.

Apple iCloud 


You don’t need an Apple device to access its online office suite, which is built into its iCloud web service. The online tools are underpowered, however, and they use proprietary formats by default. The suite comes into its own if you have a Mac or iPad, with files syncing effortlessly between devices, but Google and Microsoft offer better tools.

ThinkFree Online.

While other services pride themselves on working in your browser window, ThinkFree pops out a separate Window, then grinds to a halt if you don’t have Java installed and is dangerously keen to run any a program that asks for it. While it insists on sticking with this technology, the ThinkFree Office is probably best avoided.

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