FreeOffice 2016 available for Linux

Softmaker has released FreeOffice 2016 for Linux (and Windows). This is a proprietary product, but is highly compatible with MS Office and totally free. The last version they released was 2012, so this one should be improved. It is better than LibreOffice? Probably not, but depending on your needs, each one has its strengths and each has different compatibility problems with MS Office. I keep both on my computers. If you're interested, get it here:

How do they make money?

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They sell an enhanced product called Softmaker Office. I actually have that; I get it free as an educator. You can check out their website for more details of Freemaker: It also notes differences between it and Softmaker Office, summarized here:

SoftMaker Office Standard 2016 is packed with numerous extra features. Here are just a few:

- Spell checking using high-quality commercial dictionaries in 20 languages
- Synonym dictionaries (thesaurus function) in eight languages
- FreeOffice reads the modern Microsoft formats DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX seamlessly – SoftMaker Office can also save in these formats
- Documents are displayed in tabs, just like in a web browser
- The extended sidebar gives you a bird's eye view over your document and its stylesheets
- Free technical support by SoftMaker
- Additional features such as envelope and label printing, macros, mailmerge, cross references, and figure captions

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

Thanks for the heads up on this. Never knew it existed, which just proves the old adage, if you're not careful, you'll learn something new everyday. Shudders.

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