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I am looking for an affordable alternative to Microsoft Office that is for on-premises use. Any suggestions on options?

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The solution would be installed on a PC (not a cloud-based option) and preferably have a coinciding mobile app.

Thanks!

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by:FOX
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You can try LibreOffice
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by:CompProbSolv
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LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) is a good alternative to Word and Excel, with some limitations.  You'll have to stay with the older file formats (.doc and .xls) though you can read the newer formats.  Macro compatibility is variable.

Are word processing and spreadsheet documents all you need to deal with?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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There is LibreOffice http://www.libreoffice.org/ and OpenOffice http://www.openoffice.org/ .  But I don't see how a desktop office suite could have a mobile app that works since the office programs require a keyboard for typing.  There is also Corel WordPerfect http://www.wordperfect.com/en/all-products/?hptrack=mmwp&_ga=1.255730824.1682139549.1472575572 which does have a mobile viewer.
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by:John Hurst
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The best suite to do what you want is Microsoft Office with the Office App.

By subscription (under 6 users) or by Volume License, it is reasonably economical and very full featured.

Microsoft Outlook is the most popular mail app by a reasonable margin in North America.
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Normally I'd also fully recommend LibreOffice, but it isn't available for Android, so that probably won't be an option for you. Kingsoft Office on the other hand is also available for Android, so in your situation I'd recommend that.

http://www.kingsoftstore.com/index

If you also need an EMail client, then Thunderbird is the client I recommend. It is the best one available:

http://portableapps.com/download
http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/thunderbird_portable
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by:Paul Sauvé
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Google Drive also has a free office suite:

Google Drive

Google Drive's productivity and cloud storage platform lets users create, edit and collaborate on all types of files. It includes the Google Docs word processor, Sheets spreadsheet editor, Slides presentation maker, Forms form maker and other products. Users can also connect additional apps, such as the PicMonkey photo editor, WeVideo video editor, Convert to PDF, RingCentral CloudFax, DocuSign and more. Google Drive requires a Google account and comes with 15GB of free storage. You can also get a paid version, Google Apps for Business, which has more features and costs $5 a month per user.
- See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5983-free-office-suites.html#sthash.cVY2b1lH.dpuf

I forgot to mention that it works on all platforms!
https://www.google.ca/intl/en-GB/docs/about/
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