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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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So after not having MS Office installed on my new rig because I thought I already had it...... BooBoo

Turns out the product code that I got with Mrs DD's laptop was a one time deal which I didn't notice until I went to install it back in December.

So being a bit short of €139 to purchase the office suite I was left wondering what to do as I didn't really want to do anything illegal like trying to obtain a dodgy copy.

Step forward Kingsoft: http://www.kingsoftstore.com/kingsoft-office-freeware.html

Free office software that may not be quite up to MS standards but importantly is compatible with MS documents so I can now open all my old word docs again,  sign-rockon

This will do for now until I can afford to make a purchase of MS Office suite, of course if it turns out to be any good I may save myself the €139 after all  thumbsup

Posted January 05, 2014, 16:21:53 PM Logged
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There is also Open Office which will do the same job for free.

https://www.openoffice.org/download/
Posted January 05, 2014, 16:31:11 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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I looked at open office Data, they didn't seem to have a version for windows 7 or 8 that I could locate, in fact the Wiki entry suggests that Open Office is now defunct?Huh?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org

I suspect I missed something there
Posted January 05, 2014, 16:33:50 PM Logged
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I think Freddy uses open office in win 7 and I have used it in the past too. 

That Kingsoft one looks worth a shot to me though, it's a smaller install than open office which was a little on the bloated side the last time I tried it.
Posted January 05, 2014, 16:53:08 PM Logged

Offline Freddy
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Yes I use Open Office, have done for years. As far as I know they are still developing it, their blog seems to imply so, I don't know what that wiki page is on about, it's still a goer. And yep works fine on Windows 7...

https://www.openoffice.org/download/
Posted January 05, 2014, 17:04:20 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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It seems OK to me, I have writer, spread sheets and presentation. SO far I've only used writer which seems simple enough so I'm happy with it for now.
Posted January 05, 2014, 17:10:38 PM Logged
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Offline DaveMorton
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I also use Open Office on my Win7 rig, and on my Win8 VM. Does the job nicely. Uncle Bill is rich enough, I think. Tongue
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Offline sybershot
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I use open office as well, on windows 8. great software highly recommended 

note: I can't say anything about Kingsoft, Sorry I never tried it.
Posted January 06, 2014, 14:34:50 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Seems OK so far for a freebie  thumbsup
Posted January 06, 2014, 20:29:19 PM Logged
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Offline sybershot
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cool, thanks for the review I'll have to keep that in mind.
Glad to hear it is working out for ya as well Cheesy
Posted January 07, 2014, 19:25:45 PM Logged
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