So I realize this information would have looked much cooler (and been much more efficient) organized into a type of chart, but I’m just not that WordPress savvy. So without further ado . . .

(P.S. I’ve copied and pasted too many web addresses today, so if you find a mistake, please let me know and I’ll fix it ASAP.)

(P.P.S. The only one of these I’ve had enough experience with to comment on is Open Office, which I made a note of at the bottom. If you’d like to submit a review of any of the others, comment or use the Talk to Me page and I’ll add it to the post.)

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1. AbiWord

Downloadable (WORD PROCESSING ONLY)

Click here for a virtual tour, here for screenshots, and here to view the AbiWord Wikipedia page.

AbiWord

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2. Calligra Suite

Downloadable (BSD, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows)

Word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program, vector graphics, digital painting

Click here for word processor screenshots and here to view the Wikipedia page for a rundown of features.

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3. Google Docs

Online (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari)

Word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program
1GB storage free
Full collaboration capability

Take a virtual tour here and view the Wikipedia page here for a rundown of features.

Google Text Document

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Google Docs Spreadsheet

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4. IBM Lotus Symphony

Downloadable (Windows, Linux, Mac OS)

Word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program

Visit the Wikipedia page for a rundown of features here.

IBM Lotus Symphony Word Processor

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5. KOffice

Downloadable (BSD, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows)

Word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program, vector drawing app

Take word processor virtual tour here and visit KOffice Wikipedia page here.

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6. LibreOffice

Downloadable (Cross-platform)

Word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program, database management program, vector graphics editor, math formula app

Visit the features page here, the Wikipedia page here, and the word processor Wikipedia page here.

LibreOffice Writer (word processor)

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7. Open Office

Downloadable (Cross-platform)

Word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program, database management program, vector graphics editor, math formula app

Check out the Why Open Office? page here, the Open Office Wikipedia page here, and the Open Office Writer (word processor) Wikipedia page here.

(Note: This is what I use. I find it to be functional and efficient and strongly prefer it to Microsoft Works Word Processor, which came already installed on my laptop.)

Open Office Writer