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5 free Microsoft Excel alternatives worth trying in 2022

We know that Microsoft Excel is the traditional spreadsheet software but have you ever wondered if you are missing out on more? See these 5 free Microsoft Excel alternatives to try out in 2022.

Shelling out nearly $60 for one business license or $150 for an Office Home and Student 2019 license may leave a hole in your account if you are trying to save money. Microsoft Excel offers a bunch of useful features that makes your business activities easier.

However, consider these free options to get the same thing.

1. Google Sheets

  • Pros:
    – Since this is an online cloud-based spreadsheet solution, you can use it across operating systems.
    – Also, every change you make is auto-saved to keep your data safe no matter what happens to your computer.
    – In addition, you can grant access to other users to enable real-time collaboration.
  • Cons:
    – Microsoft Excel has more advanced features.
    – It does not work well with some formulas uploaded from Microsoft Excel (which is what many others use to prepare spreadsheets).

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2. Microsoft Office Excel Online

  • Pros:
    – Online version of Microsoft Excel and does not require users learning new commands or navigations.
    – Comes with all basic features.
    – Has auto-saving to keep data safe and updated in real-time.
  • Cons:
    – Advanced Microsoft Excel features are only available as read-only.

3. Apache OpenOffice Calc

  • Pros:
    – Copies the old Microsoft Office interface and feels familiar to old-timers.
    – It comes with several advanced features that were missing in Google Sheet.
  • Cons:
    – It does not have the auto-save cloud support.
    – It does not support real-time collaborations online.

4. LibreOffice Calc

  • Pros:
    – It has more advanced features than Excel like; comparing two separate files, importing legacy spreadsheets from old applications from Windows and macOS.
  • Cons:
    – No support for real-time collaborations online.
    – It does not have the auto-save cloud support.
    – It cannot display many types of charts.
    – It does not allow export as generic XML, which modern spreadsheet software use.

5. WPS Office Spreadsheets

  • Pros:
    – Ad-supported free version with advanced features.
    – Its lifetime license is $119.99 and its annual subscription costs $29.99.
  • Cons:
    – It is a paid product.

If you are really looking for Microsoft Excel alternatives to use in 2022, ensure you compare the advantages and disadvantages before making a choice.

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