Office Smackdown

Speakers: Alan German and Chris Taylor, OPCUG

The Microsoft Office suite has become the de-facto standard for word processing, spreadsheet calculations, and presentations but, especially for the non-business user, the cost of the software is not insignificant.  And, this may become more of a concern if Microsoft, as is sometimes rumoured, moves completely to a subscription-based, software-as-a-service model.  One free and open-source alternative is the LibreOffice suite of applications, many aspects of which closely mirror the Microsoft product.  But, just how good is this free software and are there any significant limitations in using LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office?  In this presentation, we will review the features of the major modules of both packages, looking specifically at compatibility issues and, looking beyond the dollar savings, we’ll see if the LibreOffice suite provides any significant advantages over Microsoft’s offerings.

The location of this meeting (whether in person or via Zoom) will depend on the pandemic situation in 2022.

Until further notice, Q&A sessions are no longer held after regular monthly meetings. Hence, monthly meetings now end 1 hour earlier at 9 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us on all other Wednesdays for weekly Q&A sessions.


Apr 13 2022


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm