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Do You Have to Renew Your Microsoft Office?

Why are you renewing your Microsoft Office software when there are three valid competitors out there that are free? Apple’s word processor (Pages), spreadsheet program (Numbers), and presentation software (Keynote) are now free to download for both macOS and iOS. Although Apple’s productivity apps are not exactly awesome, its hard to argue with free software.

Google Docs is a free web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application. The online app allows users to easily share documents and collaboratively work on them in real-time without asking you to pay for it. There is also the open-source LibreOffice suite also serves as a free Microsoft Office replacement.

Next up, free tax software, at least for consumers. Not just the Free File Alliance software for consumers making under $64,000 but also Credit Karma and FreeTaxUSA who offer an ever broader array of forms to the end user at no charge, with no income limitations.  

While professional tax prep may not be free yet, it seems like an odd decision in the year 2017 to not be using software that is.