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Kingsoft Office Suite 2012 freeware!
September 8, 2011
8:28 AM
Enfeus
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http://www.kingsoftstore.com/kingsoft-office-freeware.html

 

Features:

  • Open, edit and save Word files : (97/2000/2003/2007/2010) .doc, .docx.
  • Open, edit and save Excel files: (97/2000/2003) .xls, .xlsx.
  • Open, edit and save Powerpoint files: (97/2000/2003) .ppt, .pptx.
  • Built-in PDF Converter
  • Automatic spell check
  • Multiple document tabs

What I like:

1. Less than 70 MB download and 175 MB installed (less than LibreOffice)

2. Multiple tabs (still missing in MS Office)

3. Simple interface,similar to MS Office 2003 – I don't like the ribbon Yell

4. Compatibility with MS Office Word documents

 

I think it's a great software and a serious alternative to MS Office.

Enjoy Laugh

September 8, 2011
6:45 PM
Ashraf
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Good find! I will have to write about this soon… if someone doesn't beat me to it with a CC article.

September 9, 2011
2:11 AM
3K3
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FYI, Kingsoft office 2012 Free is really not a freeware but it's actually a 1 year fully functional trial version.

The license key is embedded in the installer.

September 9, 2011
6:27 PM
Ashraf
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3K3 said:

FYI, Kingsoft office 2012 Free is really not a freeware but it's actually a 1 year fully functional trial version.

The license key is embedded in the installer.

Oh? Could it be for logistic purposes they have it as a 1 year trial right now but in reality will continue to “renew” the license to make it freeware? Their website sure makes it sound like it is freeware.

September 10, 2011
2:28 PM
Enfeus
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The official website and Softpedia lists it as Freeware.The suite itself is called “Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012″.

It says “Free” on the splash screen.The word “trial” isn't shown anywhere during the installation.

It seems that in the first days of the release there was indeed a “Try it for free” download.

Now it's just “Download Free and safe”.

Just a marketing strategy?I don’t know…

The official answer to another skeptical user:

“The Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a totally free software. We will publish a paid Office suite coming soon.”.

Let’s wait to see what will happen.

September 11, 2011
9:34 AM
3K3
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After reading Enfeus's post I went to home page of KSO 2012 and downloaded the installer again.

I downloaded the installer from here:

http://www.kingsoftstore.com/

  As its shown in the picture you would have to purchase new serial number to continue to use all functions (editing functions,… are disabled in viewer mode) of Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 after 1 year period.

Sure the splash screen shows free and on the home page is a big mark that KSO 2012 is freeware but at the moment this is not true. Maybe Kingsoft will change this in the future. I don't know. Let's hope so.

September 11, 2011
2:42 PM
Enfeus
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Yes,you're right 3K3!

I did the test and it's really a 1 year trial. I made ​​the mistake of not testing it.

My apologies!

I don't think they will change something in the future… it's just a marketing strategy.

September 11, 2011
3:49 PM
Ashraf
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Good thing I didn't post about this, then. Good catch 3K3.

September 14, 2011
3:05 PM
David
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I found a thread with more info and people have gotten replies from Kingsoft that it really is freeware. Apparently there is a bug in how it handles licensing, which Kingsoft’s R&D will have to fix:

“Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a free version. We have forwarded the license problem to the related R&D department.”

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=1935416

Hopefully this is accurate, and not a problem of translation…

And of course, genuflecting in the presence of our awesome Mr. Boss. Wink

September 16, 2011
10:20 AM
Ashraf
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David said:

I found a thread with more info and people have gotten replies from Kingsoft that it really is freeware. Apparently there is a bug in how it handles licensing, which Kingsoft's R&D will have to fix:

“Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is a free version. We have forwarded the license problem to the related R&D department.”

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=1935416

Hopefully this is accurate, and not a problem of translation…

And of course, genuflecting in the presence of our awesome Mr. Boss. Wink

LMAO at the Mr. Boss comment.

That said, I really do hope it is freeware. I would like to post about it.

September 16, 2011
6:18 PM
Pistillino
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Thank you!!!

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