Why risk using cracked Microsoft products ? Aren’t there any better options ?
There are certain pieces of software that we can’t live without, even a computer that was freshly formatted is likely to have a word processor.
Personally for all the years I used Microsoft products (untill I was 14) and I only used them because blank CDs cost me 8birr and pretty much anyone that had a computer had a pirated copy of MS-Office or Windows. Once I got the hang of open source I pretty much stopped using anything Microsoft all together.
I mean sure word, excel, publisher (ewww) and the rest of the junk that comes in the suite like OneNote are fun to see as logos in the start bar but let’s cut the crap for a second and speak facts. Most of us in Ethiopia use pirated software and that is mainly because we can’t make online payments let’s just say the magic IT wizard came to town and your Awash ATM became a credit card, would you willingly pay between 6,223.00 Birr and 3,504.00 Birr for Microsoft Office…. Sorry my bank account doesn’t accept withdrawals to buy crap software for that price.
Welcome to Open Source, Welcome to Freedom
LibreOffice is one thing that united pretty much all Linux Distros wetherbur using Mint, Ubuntu, Arch or Kali as your OS of choice it’s likely it comes with LibreOffice on it and it does everything the MS suite does just the same but doesn’t cost you a penny, even .doc and .docx file formats work on LibreOffice. My question is why do we still install cracked copies of microShitsoft’s suits now that LibreOffice is available on not just Linux but MacOS and windows too.
Well here is a list of information about LibreOffice and at the bottom of this post are some download links for the different platforms with super fast download speed as the files are on the ETHIO ቴክ server.
- Free and open-source
- Offers desktop apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux
- Can import and convert almost any legacy document
- Takes some time to get used to
- No online collaboration features
An Open-Source Approach
The long history of LibreOffice and its ancestors, OpenOffice and StarOffice, helps to explain how it looks and feels today. The suite has always tried to emulate Microsoft 365‘s apps, right down to Office’s menu structure and shortcut keys. One advantage of this approach is that it makes OpenOffice more easily accessible to former Microsoft Office users. If you don’t know which keystroke to use in LibreOffice, there’s a good chance it’s the same as it was in Microsoft’s apps. For instance, Alt-equals acts as the Autosum key in Calc, just as it does in Excel.
Try it out and let me know how easy it is to switch over from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice