If you have to make a choice between the writing tools Microsoft Word and OpenOffice, you will want to evaluate which of these tools best suites your requirements. The following article will help to make a good decision, by listing the pros and cons of each tool.

Microsoft Word

Word is writing tool from Microsoft and is included in the Office suite, which also consists of other applications such as Excel and Outlook. Microsoft Word offers its users a variety of text processing functions, insert-options, as well as design layouts and templates. The latter can be seen as the main advantage Word has to offer compared to OpenOffice, which only provides a handful of templates. Microsoft Word is not necessarily free of charge. Should you acquire a Windows computer or laptop, Microsoft Office is usually preinstalled and you will receive a MS-Office license without any further costs. If you wish to acquire Microsoft Office separately you will have to spend around 140-270 Euros. The intuitively designed user interface makes Word easy to use. Should you have any questions referring to the functions within Word, you can look for answers within the knowledge base provided or contact Office-support.

Microsoft Word Dokument Sheet

Open Office

Open Office is free and therefore the less expensive alternative to Microsoft Word. With Open Office Calc or OpenOffice Draw you can do simply calculations or drawings. The main difference between OpenOffice und Microsoft Word lies in their range of functions. OpenOffice offers a lot less functions in the area of text processing and significantly smaller amount of design layouts and templates. The main advantage this tool hast toward Word, is that is free of charge, including all subprograms. The overall design of Open Office is similar to that of Word, making it just as easy to use. Unlike Word Open Office does not offer customer service. Instead you will find a knowledge base for any questions you might have.  

Open Office


Both writing tools are easy to use and offer text processing functions, insert-options, visualizing tools, design layouts and templates. Whilst Word impresses with its wide range of functions and its capability to perform complex text processing, Open Office offers a free alternative, for those who are happy with the fewer options Open Office has to offer. Both programs offer their users with tutorials and a knowledge base, so they can inform themselves about all the features provided. In conclusion, the acquisition of Microsoft Word is advisable if you wish to perform complex, professional text processing and would like to profit from other applications within the Office suite. Should the few functions included in Open Office be sufficient, then this investment may not be necessary.

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