ONLYOFFICE, an excellent alternative to MS Office or Google Docs

Most of the population is used to using text editors of various kinds, with MS Office and Google Docs being two of the best known.

That does not mean that they are the best or the most flexible, and today we will talk about an example that proves it, that of ONLYOFFICE.

It is a platform that not only offers a great text editor, they also have spreadsheets and a presentation editor, and when compared with other options, they come out well.

ONLYOFFICE vs MS Office and Google Docs

  • ONLYOFFICE uses Office Open XML as its main format, which makes it compatible with more platforms, including Microsoft Office formats: DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX.
  • ONLYOFFICE includes word processing, spreadsheet editor and presentation software, integrated with mail and project management tools.
  • ONLYOFFICE has formatting and collaboration tools available online, making it easier to work as a team.
  • ONLYOFFICE can be installed on our own server, it is open source, so we have more control of our data. Google Docs saves everything on Google’s servers, and MS Office on Microsoft’s, so if we want to bet on privacy, nothing like having a local server within our company.


The text editor, described in this link, stands out for supporting all popular formats, offering high flexibility in document formats, allowing the creation of forms, offering group work tools, comparing content between two files and allowing integration with other platforms using plugins and connectors.

The spreadsheet editor, described in this link, also supports various formats, such as .xlsx, .xls, .ods, and .csv. It has more than 400 functions and formulas, makes the inclusion of graphics with various colors and types of information flexible, offers collaboration tools and also allows integration with plugins.

Finally, the presentation editor allows you to work with PPTX, PPT and ODP files and save presentations in PDF format, create schematics with auto-shapes, group objects, visualize statistical data, offer presenter views and install plugins to increase your possibilities.


One of the most important points in ONLYOFFICE is that of collaboration in real time. We can share information and define different levels of permissions, as well as make a public document with a single click.

Users who receive the document link will be able to edit it and leave comments in different areas, as well as participate in a chat to improve teamwork productivity.

Plugins and connectors

ONLYOFFICE has several plugins pre-installed, so that it is possible to add bibliographies to insert YouTube videos, translate words or edit images, among other functions.

We can also install connectors to integrate with Google Drive, OneDrive, Nextcloud, ownCloud and others through WebDAV, as well as with business platforms such as Nextcloud, ownCloud, Alfresco, Confluence, SharePoint, Liferay, HumHub, Plone and others. The complete list of all connectors can be obtained at this link.

As you can see, it is a complete, free and open source comprehensive solution, ideal for personal and collaborative use.

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