[CC] Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a freeware alternative to Microsoft Office

News about Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 has been floating around on dotTech’s forums for a while. I thought it is high time to share with dotTech-proper. (Thanks to Enfeus for informing us about this software on the forums!)

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a freeware office suite product. It is made up of three main components, Kingsoft Writer, Kingsoft Presentation and Kingsoft Spreadsheet, and has the ability to open, save, read, write, and edit DOC/DOCX (Microsoft Word format), PPT/PPTX (Microsoft PowerPoint format), and XLS/XLSX (Microsoft Excel format) files. Other features include the ability to natively export documents as PDF, a spell checker, tab-centric interface, and document encryption. The best part is it provides all the functionality mentioned above in a relatively small package of 70 MB (installer is 70 MB — it takes up 200ish MB when installed).

As I said already, I read about this on the forums and wanted to share with everyone on the blog; I haven’t had time to personally play around with this software. However, it definitely looks very interesting and I am looking forward to hearing feedback from the dotTechies that do test it out.

Oh, and I’m not really Steve Jobs. April fools.

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7.

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 homepage | Direct download

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14 comments

  1. normofthenorth

    AFAICS, SSuite Excalibur doesn’t (yet) support DOCX or XLSX formats, which seems like a deal-breaker to me, if you’re dealing with other people’s documents.

    I haven’t actually tried to open one, but the documentation file doesn’t list ‘em.

  2. BeBob Esq.

    @Corno:

    The above mentioned office suites, or any other alternative office suites, will never be 100% compatible with MS Office. Microsoft created proprietary document formats for a reason, to keep the competion out of the market place. No one can afford the license fees required to be compatible.

    So the best would be to pick your favourite office suite and keep with the most compatible document formats as much as possible.

    Like the following:

    - Plain Text — Plain Text ( *.txt )
    - Portable Document File Format — ( *.pdf )
    - Rich Text Format — Rich Text Format ( *.rtf )
    - Microsoft Word — Word 97-2003 & 6.0/95 – RTF ( *.doc ) – Supported in MS Office 2007 – 2010

    All of the above formats are 100% supported by any and all office suites. :D

  3. Corno

    The problem is that none of these clones are 100 % compatible with MS Office. Also, you cannot use the plugs-ins (such as screenshot readers) offered by third parties for use in Ms Office. I have tried quite a few MS Offices alternatives and found Softmaker Office to be very pleasant and light on resources, but like all the others it is not 100 % compatible.

  4. Sunny

    Well, if it’s truly free of the detestable ‘ribbon’ I’ll download and test it. I got an offer for Ashampoo’s Office Suite (also ribbon-free) for $4.99 yesterday, but will defer on that till I see how this suits. Specially interested to see how it’ll fit on the netbook. Thanks for the article

  5. Harlan

    Another option is SSuite Office – Excalibur from ssuitesoft.com. It appears to be another good free Office alternative with fairly frequent updates. It offers a lot of functionality in a small package. I think LibreOffice (nee Open Office) is excellent and I see no reason to use anything else, but Ssuite and Kingsoft are significantly smaller, and neither seems to suffer from the drama inherent in open source software development.

  6. KenZel

    I have been using this software for about 7 hours today and it appears excellent (so far). The applications in use feel (and look) like a faster version of MS Office but without the ribbon. The only annoyance I have found is lack of support for OpenDocument formats.

  7. RW

    I’ve heard that some people have found that it is a one year fully-licensed trial, it prompts the user for a registration key if you put the clock on your computer forward an hour. Is it actually freeware, or is it a trial?