Best free and open source Microsoft Excel alternatives

We've listed some free alternatives to Excel that you should try out this year


Spreadsheets are a staple of both small and large businesses, for professionals from data analysts to marketers. Most people opt for the convenience and familiar interface of Microsoft Excel, but there are many free and open source alternatives produced by the likes of Google, Apache and Libre.

We've listed seven of the top Microsoft Excel alternatives you should consider this year...

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Additional reporting by Thomas Macaulay and Laurie Clarke