Alternative MS Office app

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ipos, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. ipos macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2011
    Open office like words excel or PowerPoint apps
  2. TiggrToo macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2017
    Out there...way out there
    For Excel etc. There's Docs U, Documents to Go, Polaris, WPS Office, OfficeSuite, even Google's Sheets (not used any of these, just offering them up as suggestions).

    For Powerpoint KeyNote seems to be the best option, or Google Slides (again, not used myself).
  3. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Do you only want to read Office documents or also edit them?

    If so these three options below are the best options out there outside of the Office apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) by Microsoft for which you need Office365 subscription in order to make edits to documents (first 30 days are free). Reading them with the Microsoft Office apps shouldn't be a problem with the apps without a subscription.

    - WPS Office - free to open and edit, with ads, for a version without ads and more features there is a subscription option. TIP!

    - Polaris Office - free to open and edit, with ads in free version, for no ads and more advanced features there is a subscription option. TIP!

    Not as good as the above two but also an option:
    - OfficeSuite - limited features in free version, you can edit but you can't save documents in Office filetypes 'xls,'ppt' or 'doc' , with ads in free version, saving documents in 'xls,'ppt' or 'doc' needs a subscription as well
  4. NoBoMac, Mar 1, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2018

    NoBoMac macrumors 68020

    Jul 1, 2014
    EDIT: re-reading OP's question, they might be asking about apps compatible with OpenOffice/LibreOffice (Open Document Foundation) documents? If that is the case, last I looked, I believe Google's offering support them as their own format is based off ODF standard. Outside of that, I have not found a viable app out there for ODF.

    EDIT2: LibreOffice does a pretty good job of retaining formatting on Office documents, so, a viable option is to save your document as a MS format from OO/LO and then use the MS mobile apps. That is my typical use-case as I use LO for the bulk of my word processing, spreadsheets (only save-as when wanting access on mobile devices; bulk of documents stay on Mac and in ODF formats).

    Re: 365 subscription: not neccesarily needed. If iPad Pro, yes, otherwise, just need a free Outlook/Live account for basic editing functions in the MS apps. That is how I'm using this on "classic" iPad and iPhone. It's spelled out in the App Store deeper into the details section.

    As for other options, if just viewing, they get the job done. I will add Dropbox to the list (does ok for simple rendering, and has a tie-in with MS for inline editing via web site). Where most fail is editing and retaining Office formating/functionality. For example, for Excel, many apps do not support cross-sheet referencing, in some cases, even most basic functions might not be present (eg. Sumif() was a glaring omission in one app).

    My remote editing and viewing needs are simple, so, I have been using the MS apps with free Outlook account and syncing via Dropbox for a few years now. Runners up, would probably go Apple's apps or Google, as they seem to be most compatible with Office docs and are free.
  5. ipos thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2011
    will need read and edit access. will try out these suggested apps.
  6. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Thanks for posting about the official Microsoft Office apps that you actually don't need a Office365 subscription but that a free Outlook/Live e-mail account is enough (I don't have that right now) to also edit documents when you are logged in and it works on most iOS devices for free (except for the iPad Pro).

    Check also the official Microsoft Office apps out if you have a Live/Outlook account you can also edit for free so it seems on various iOS devices except the iPad Pro (for that you do need a 365 subscription). See the post from NoBoMac above.
  7. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    If one has a 9.7 iPad Pro then they don't need an Office 365 subscription. Any tablet with a 10.1" screen or smaller can access mobile Office for free. (Microsoft's wording regarding the iPad Pro is a bit confusing. Their verbiage lumps all iPad Pros together because Apple no longer markets the 9.7 Pro)
  8. Mr. Heckles macrumors 6502

    Mr. Heckles

    Mar 20, 2018
    How about Numbers, Pages, and others? They are free now.

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