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Try Calligra 2.4 for a New Microsoft Office Alternative

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Microsoft Office may be the dominant productivity suite in much of the computing world, but it's not for a lack of alternatives.

Two free and open source contenders have already achieved particularly widespread acclaim for their strength and usability--LibreOffice and this week saw the launch of a third.

Announced on Wednesday, Calligra Suite 2.4 is the first official version of an integrated suite of applications designed to cover a broad range of office, creative, and management needs. Here are a few details about what its creators are promising:

Comprehensive and Free

What they don't tell you...

...although I am still checking out all the parts of the Calligra suite, the Words word processor is disappointing. It will successfully open and edit .doc and .docx files, but cannot save in that format. I still have contacts who can not read .odf files, so Calligra Words is not helpful here.
Otherwise, it is quick and the "side ribbon" UI is welcome in our wide-screen world, enabling more of a portrait document to be legibly viewed.

I have also briefly worked with Stage (presentation) and Krita (raster, drawing program). The same problem with saving in .ppt format would discourage me from using Stage, but Krita has some power and impressive tools (yet, steep learning curve).

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