Free App of the Day:, a powerful, open, and FREE alternative to Micro$oft Office
For years now, has been quietly building an excellent, open source alternative to Microsoft Office. I switched to it even after paying for M$ Office and I never looked back.

Aside from being a full featured Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation package and more, it is capable of opening any office file you throw at it, then saving in a rainbow of formats.

BE CAREFUL– by default, it wants to save its documents in the open .ODT format, but most of the world runs on .DOC (MS Word format). If you want to save your work as .DOC, just do “Save As…” and choose “MS Word”.

There is also a side project for Macs called This was because, for a long time, OO.o was not available on the Mac. Now OO.o is available for Mac, PC, and Linux.

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Ted Curran is a Learning Experience Designer/Developer for Autodesk. He is committed to empowering educators and learners to create transformational change through effective pedagogy and technology integration. You can follow Ted on Mastodon, LinkedIn or learn more at my 'About" page. These thoughts are my own.

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