A couple weeks back I suggested that Kingsoft Office Free 2013 might just be the best Microsoft Office alternative you can get, especially if you need only the core elements: word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Kingsoft offers a Pro version, of course, one that includes more
goodies. A one-year license normally sells for $29.95, but today only,
Giveaway of the Day has Kingsoft Office Professional 2013 (Win) absolutely free.
Let me note right here that this version has just a few key benefits over its free counterpart: a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
editor, support for macros in the word processor, and support for
saving spreadsheets in xlsx format. (The free version can open xlsx
files, along with docx and pptx, but saving is limited to the older
formats–doc, ppt, and xls.)
If you want to learn more about the differences between versions, Kingsoft has a comparison table
— but it hasn’t been updated to reflect the 2013 editions. In any
case, if the aforementioned features sound worthwhile to you, by all
means grab Office Professional.
To do so, head to the giveaway page,
scroll down a bit, then click the “Download Kingsoft Office Suite
Professional 2013 now” link that’s roughly in the center of the page.
That’ll net you a zip file containing the installer, which you’ll need
to run today in order to get the software activated.
That’s the only real condition here. Well, there’s one more: You
don’t get tech support. (Hey, you’re getting this free, remember — you
can’t have everything.) And, of course, the license expires after one
year. What happens after that? The suite effectively becomes a document
viewer. But no problem: You can either pony up $29.95 to keep using it
or just install the free edition. Either way, it’s 2014’s problem.
Personally, I get everything I need from Kingsoft Office Free 2013.
But I always like the option of going Pro when it’s similarly free. If
you need a Microsoft-caliber office suite without the Microsoft price,
you can’t go wrong with either one of these.
Bonus deal: What’s better than a 22-inch desktop monitor? A
23-inch desktop monitor, of course, especially when it’s priced below
what you’d typically pay for a 22-incher. For a limited time, and while
supplies last, TigerDirect has the Acer UM.VG6AA.B01 23-inch LED monitor for $109.99,
plus around $7 for shipping. It’s a fairly basic display, with VGA and
DVI inputs and a 5ms response time, but it includes the awesomeness of
Acer’s 36-month warranty.
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