Lotus 123 replacement

As a very senior dinosaur I have been using Lotus 123 for a gazillion years.  It's now starting to malfunction by not functioning the way I want, etc.  Consequently and because I've previously lost some data, I think I better replace this program with something new but similar.  Can you suggest such a freebie type program to replace Lotus 123 (I'm only interested in the Smart Suite portion) with similar functions, etc.
David PellerRetiredAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
Hi David,
For a freebie spreadsheet, I suggest LibreOffice and OpenOffice:
https://www.libreoffice.org/
https://www.openoffice.org/

Of course, they're more than just a spreadsheet — they're a complete office suite. Also, they're a local install. If you want something in the cloud, I suggest Zoho Sheet, which has a free version (with some limitations):
https://www.zoho.com/docs/sheet.html

I don't think you'll need a non-free version of it, but here's the pricing, just in case:
https://www.zoho.com/docs/zoho-docs-pricing.html

Regards, Joe
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Bill PrewConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I used Lotus 123 in a prior lifetime as well, and liked it a lot.  I moved on to Microsoft Excel, and find it very powerful and useful, but always had the luxury of getting the software through employers, so cost was not an issue.  No "lite" version of Excel for free.  So if you don't want to spend money then Excel may not work for you, but if you can afford it definitely take a look at it, it's very popular so there are lots of sites with tips, tutorials, examples, etc.  And there is a cloud capability.


You should also take a look at Google Sheets as well, it will be a change for you since it is cloud based, but has some benefits as a result in terms of access, etc.  Free usage is available, but no desktop version.



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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Thanks to Bill for the reminder of Google Sheets...should definitely be considered in any search for a free, online spreadsheet product. I had Zoho on the brain because I've used a number of their free, online products over the years, although I've also used Google Drive/Docs. Regards, Joe
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Sjef BosmanConnect With a Mentor Groupware ConsultantCommented:
If you want to continue to use Lotus 123, and you you have a powerful pc, you could try with a virtual Win98SE machine. Download and install VirtualBox (free), then create a W98SE virtual machine (I assume you still have the CD), add a shared directory to the machine so the real and the virtual machine share the same files, and you're good to go.

Otherwise, I'm very happy with LibreOffice (+1 to Joe). I'm not much of a Google fan personally, any cloud environment in fact that doesn't at least save a copy of the file locally. Yep, one more dinosaur here... :-)
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David PellerRetiredAuthor Commented:
Have just penned a note to the HQ.  I apologize for not getting back to all of you good people (part of an old age problem).  Nevertheless, I've been tinkering, etc., and am on my way to solving my problem.  Am leaving on a 2 week trip and on my return I'll certainly be looking into Libre and Open.

Again my apologies with thanks to all.  Regards, take care and stay warm.  David
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David PellerRetiredAuthor Commented:
Have just penned a note to the HQ.  I apologize for not getting back to all of you good people (part of an old age problem).  Nevertheless, I've been tinkering, etc., and am on my way to solving my problem.  Am leaving on a 2 week trip and on my return I'll certainly be looking into Libre and Open.

Again my apologies with thanks to all.  Regards, take care and stay warm.  David
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Bill PrewCommented:
Adding a comment here to give the OP a little more time to respond, since they indicated they would be on holiday for a couple of weeks...


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