The Best Free Microsoft Word Alternatives

When you ask people what program they use to write a report or letter, odds are they’ll say Microsoft Word. It has been the go-to word processor for years, but now there are several outstanding—and free—alternatives.

Microsoft Word enjoyed a lengthy reign as the dominant word processor and is revered for its powerful, comprehensive abilities. But as more people started writing with more diverse purposes (think: freelance workers, remote workers, bloggers, etc), the need for more varied and affordable options grew, which is great.