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Open Office Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Open Office Calc is the open source answer to Microsoft Office’s Excel.

Both Calc and Excel are spreadsheet creators and editors but there are many major differences between open source Calc and Excel—the first and possibly most important of which is that, while Excel can cost as much as $499.95, Calc is absolutely free.

Open Office Calc can:

 -- Sort and collate data -- Receive text or data -- Natively create graphs -- Export spreadsheets as PDFs -- Create simple or complex formulas (complex formulas are easier to create in Calc than in Excel) -- Handle dates prior to 1900 (Microsoft Excel cannot) -- Work on multiple platforms including Windows, MacOS, Linux and Unix

If you use spreadsheets often then the extra features and improvements in Calc can make your work just that much easier. If you hardly ever use your current spreadsheet creator, then Calc can save you a lot of money that you don’t need to be spending.

In fact, either way, Calc can save you money. A lot of money.