Open source software can mean the best of both worlds for businesses looking for a compromise between features like offline availability without the hefty price tag. Many of the listed options are compatible with the oft-used Microsoft Office Suite, so small business owners can open or create documents without worrying about investors or larger businesses knowing it’s not Word.
- For starters, the free versions of the proprietary productivity suites don’t offer as many features as their downloadable desktop versions.
- OpenOffice files are completely compatible with Microsoft Office files, so no one ever has to know that you don’t using Microsoft Office.
- One thing to note, however, is that importing or exporting files from other page layout programs is not particularly easy.
“While they offer basic capabilities, they don’t always meet the needs of small businesses that need to put together complicated documents.”