the additional expense of buying Microsoft Office, which comes in different version. If you purchased a basic version, it’s likely you don’t have programs such as PowerPoint, so this free software could be just what you need.
LibreOffice is a set of programs very similar to Microsoft Office, although it doesn’t include an equivalent to Outlook, it has programs that can do most of what you would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint for, plus it an additional program called Draw which allows you to draw flowcharts, technical drawings and even design artwork, such as a flyer. Microsoft Office is expensive, why is this free?
LibreOffice is what we call an open source software which means the programming code that makes it all work is open and available for anyone to see and even modify. The project is supported by large communities of people who contribute part of their time to work on, and improve, the software. With large quantities of people all contributing a small part of their time to the project, they are able to produce free software that otherwise would cost a lot of money if programmers were hired to design and maintain the software. Large projects like LibreOffice are often coordinated by a core team who are supported by donations from individuals and groups.