With the heavily advertised Google Workspace now online, you may find yourself wondering whether it’s time to leave open-source LibreOffice behind and switch to something a bit more corporate. We compare the two to see which may be the better fit.
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Before we look at how the separate apps like the word processor and spreadsheet perform, we may want to go over some of the overarching differences between these two suites. One large difference is cost: LibreOffice is free, and Google Workspace starts at $6 per month, and goes up as your business size and needs increase. Free is obviously better, but you may find Workspace’s benefits worth the price.
Another big difference is that Google Workspace is entirely online, while LibreOffice is totally offline. While it may not seem like that big a deal at first glance, once you have used the one for a while and then switch to the other, it feels completely different. For one, saving or making backups is completely unnecessary when using Workspace. All your work is saved automatically pretty much the moment you do it, and it saves several versions of each file, too.
When using LibreOffice, it’s like going back in time: you need to hit Ctrl+S buttons every few minutes to make sure that your work is saved—autosave works, but only at certain intervals—and if you want…