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Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 is an Awesome Replacement for Microsoft Office

Are you looking for a good free replacement for Microsoft Office, but LibreOffice and OpenOffice are not working out well for you? Then you will definitely want to have a look at Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012, which you can download as a suite or as individual apps.

As soon as the installation has completed you will see this window. All relevant file types are checked by default, but you may deselect any that you do not want associated with Kingsoft Office before clicking Close.

Special Note: See further below for additional information about the extra formats (i.e. Office 2007 & 2010) that the suite will open.

Here is a quick overall view of what the Writer App window looks like. Each of the three apps in the suite will open with the New Document Pane displayed by default on the right side of the window.

A closer view of the upper left corner in Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets

A look at the Start Menu options available…

In our tests with the suite it opened up Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010 documents without any problems.

Note: You can also see part of the built-in Tab Bar outlined in red in the upper left corner.

The only drawback with the free version of the suite is that you are limited to the Classic Style Interface, which may or may not be a problem depending on your preferences.

Download Links

You can choose to download the installation files for the whole suite or for individual programs as desired.

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 [Kingsoft]

Kingsoft Writer Free 2012 [Kingsoft]

Kingsoft Presentation Free 2012 [Kingsoft]

Kingsoft Spreadsheets Free 2012 [Kingsoft]

It has been this author’s experience in the past that the URLs at Kingsoft do change/disappear from time to time, so additional download links are provided here for your convenience.

Kingsoft Writer Free 2012 [Major Geeks]

Kingsoft Presentation Free 2012 [Major Geeks]

Kingsoft Spreadsheets Free 2012 [Major Geeks]

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  • Published 09/13/12

Comments (24)

  1. Ringman

    Tried light and classic. But not working well with some south Asian languages.

  2. michel

    Definitely superior to Open/LibreOffice in every way. The only thing I don’t like is document tabs – that’s what the taskbar is for, and it just takes up screen space.

  3. Jonn

    (Sigh). The one thing that all these “Replacement for Microsoft Office” suites always fail to mention is:

    (Drum roll)

    Their email program/module does not support Microsoft Exchange (or only does so in a very limited way). That has and always will be the deal breaker for me and many others.

  4. LadyFitzgerald

    MS Office Home and Student meets all my needs, isn’t all that expensive, and doesn’t have to be upgraded (ie: more $$$$) frequently. I’m still using 2007 and it works quite well for me. I tried Open Office a while back and it didn’t support extended metadata, a function I need.

  5. gyffes

    Ok… I admit: I’ve never heard of this before. But this review didn’ really sell this product to me or tell me why it’s better than LO. IS it better than Libre? Is it smaller, faster, lighter? Does it more accurately mimic MSO’s “tracked changes” feature (a key in adequately replacing MSO in our offices)? It sure has the look/feel down, does it similarly balk when opening/editing/saving large documents (say, over 40 pages) with lots of charts, graphs, images? Does it run on the Big 3 OSum or is it Win-only?

  6. SeL

    Apparently, a much less than awesome replacement for Microsoft Office.

  7. Joe

    Welcome to 2003, y’all!

    Download the Office 2013 preview…a productivity suite that feels like it’s from this decade.

  8. Deekshith Allamaneni

    LibreOffice 3.6 is much more better than Kingsoft Office. I’ve uninstalled it recently on my system. The PDF export feature is worst in Kingsoft. Also, the atest version of Libre Office supports pptx and docx better than Kingsoft.
    LibreOffice is the best alternative to MSO.

  9. islander

    Unfortunately, the name reminds me of toilet rolls and bread, is it is similar to familiar names here in the UK

  10. Dan

    I’ve read elsewhere that KSO2012 has a 365 day “trial” period, which may mean that it is only “free” for one year.

  11. Henk

    After reading this, I thought I’d give it an actual try. I downloaded the Kingsoft 2012 Writer, installed it on my Win7 desktop computer, and opened a large document (with illustrations and footnotes) into the Kingsoft writer. The opened document was in DOC 2007 format.
    I immediately saw some layout irregularities (footnote numbers in the text so large they messed up line spacing, images in the wrong position). So I began to manually correct things, first of all moving some pictures back to their proper position in the text. But right after moving the first picture, the program crashed (“stopped working”, as Windows puts it). Screen blanked, had to be terminated.
    So after 5 minutes, I uninstalled the whole thing again.
    I really wonder, Geek, why did you promote this kind of amateurish cr*p? I do have a high regard for you and your great site, so I wouldn’t have expected something like this from you. Did they pay you for a review, or what?

  12. Asian Angel

    @gyffes – It is Windows only…

    @Joe – LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and many other office suites all sport the older style UI as well.

    @islander – O_o

    @Dan – There are pay and free versions…this is the free version.

    @Henk – I have found that MS documents opened in any other program such as LibreOffice, Zoho, or other offline/online office apps will show some variation regardless…all depending on how the particular document was put together.

    As for the write-up on this, this is what I have installed on my own personal Win 7 laptop. It worked nicely right out of the box, which is a lot more than I can say for LibreOffice. All LibreOffice did on my laptop was barely grunt, throw out a “Sorry about your luck” error message, and that was it. On my Linux systems LibreOffice works great, but not so Windows friendly in my experience, thus my looking at alternatives.

  13. LadyFitzgerald

    New Egg has a three license version of MS Office 2010 on sale for $89.

  14. PhylisSophical

    I tried Kingsoft a month ago. Loved the idea of tabs. But it does not support LO/Ooo file types and most of my docs are now in .ods / odt file formats. There was also a huge discussion about it being ‘free’. Very tricky wording concerning that. Sorry, can’t remember what form I was on, but I certainly wouldn’t want to go to all the trouble of tweaking this program, then find out after a year that it was now useless.

    A quote from one of the forms: “The free version is disactivated after a year, and one has the choice of buying a license of the Pro, Standard, or re-installing a new version of the free (free for home users).”

  15. Gaddy

    The issues seem to be with power users. Since MSO is the DeFacto software and there are patents that have to be respected (as Samsung found out) there will be issues with every alternative. If your use bangs against that inconsistency it will be a deal breaker. Until that moment – all is right in the world of freeware.Rather than what it does with a heavily formatted Word Document I would be more interested in how it is to create from new and how extensive documents created in Kingsoft fare when opened with MSO.

    As Kingsoft comes out with a new pro paid version which more closely matches the current iteration of MSO, they offer up there older versions for free. Pretty nice of them. I don’t see Microsoft doing that.

    We Build and repair computers for homeowners and small businesses. We have moved to using this for all non-power user clients. It looks close enough to MSO 2003 to not confuse users who hate change. It handles MS format as it s native rather than *.odt etc.95% of users will fare just fine with this product. Heck, It’s free.
    Thanks Kingsoft

  16. r

    @ Gaddy: Kingsoft offers old versions for free cuz that’s likely the best way to get people to actually consider installing it & maybe buy a pro version, not because they are nice. Microsoft doesn’t have to do this. They are also nice –they donate millions to global organizations, causes & charities every year.

  17. shinigamibob


    Just sayin’


  18. paleolith

    Microsoft is not nice. It is a monopoly with monopoly profits and poor customer service. Let me change that, no customer service.

  19. Bret

    @ paleolith

    I imagine that you would feel quite differently if you had a big piece of Microsoft’s monopoly profits.

  20. Qrazydutch

    So what’s wrong with multimate on my Dos 3.2 system?

  21. anrodse

    LibreOffice funciona bastante mejor que este, y mejor que OpenOffice.

  22. TheFu

    @Bret – I own Microsoft stock and have for a few years. Not because I love them or their products, but because it was a good buy with over 15% growth predicted per year. I looked today and the PAR is still 18%.

    I avoid using MS products whenever possible. MS-Exchange is like crack-cocaine for the enterprise. If you install Exchange, you must use ActiveDirectory and Outlook since no other email clients integrate ith it “properly.” That forces MS-Windows desktops and servers, then you need CALs for every connection to Exchange and for file / print. If you want Sharepoint – you must have AD again AND some more CALs AND MS-SQL-Server. At this point, you can’t throw Microsoft out for other tools, too much skill has been invested to keep the Windows Servers running and backed up. There isn’t any choice. It is all bundled together.

    Try to run any sized business without using Exchange+AD+Windows desktops. It can be done (my company does this), but it takes real commitment from the CxOs. A few other companies do this either after the BSA is called by a disgruntled employee or if they are a competing infrastructure company like Redhat. Here’s a story about a guitar string maker that threw out Microsoft.

    What is needed is for the Federal Government to mandate Open Document Formats for all information exchange. When that happens, the defacto MS monopoly will have a chance to be ended. It will be better for taxpayers.

    Sadly, I agree that there isn’t any substitute for MS-Visio. I’m always looking for a capable replacement. I hate the ribbon too.

    MS-Office 2007 and 2003 run well under Linux in WINE, mostly. I don’t use Outlook, so I didn’t test that, but I hear it sucks in WINE almost as much as iTunes – another defacto standard that sucks.

    Lastly, I need to check about that quarterly dividend from Microsoft. It is usually a few hundred dollars every quarter, hardly enough to make switching to Microsoft for our infrastructure cost effective when compared to Zimbra, OpenLDAP, Alfresco, CUPS, Samba, Linux, OpenVPN, LibreOffice, Thunderbird+Lightning, and all the other F/LOSS tools that we leverage. We don’t need to track licenses, since we don’t use any. Life without Microsoft really is easier, at least for us.

  23. Bret

    @ TheFu : So your point is that you have a hate/love relationship with Microsoft?

  24. Office

    The interface of Kingsoft Office is very similar to Microsoft Office. I think it is much better than other free MS office alternatives.

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