Whether you’re in high school or a masters degree program, chances are that your education is expensive. The amount that some companies charge for the software you need can be downright obscene, making the hurt on your wallet (or your parents’) even worse. To help ease the pain, we’ve handpicked a bunch of free alternatives to some of the most popular and useful apps for students.
The most basic version of Microsoft Office 2013 costs $140, the cost of some textbooks. On the other hand, the cloud-based Office 365 goes for $9.99 a month, but you’d be better off spending that on a Netflix subscription. Instead, go with OpenOffice, which comes complete with open-source alternatives to Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It’s available for Mac OS, Windows and even Linux, and the software allows you to save files in all of the file extensions that Office uses. Professors won’t even know the difference.
Bonus: Google Drive
You could go super lightweight and free with Google’s suite of web-based, cloud-operated productivity tools. Google Drive offers much of the same in your browser along with 15GB of cloud storage. Plus, your work follows you across devices through your Google account.
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