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[...] I've tested all three suites for compatibility with Microsoft Word and Excel by making up fairly complex documents and then importing them into the corresponding alternative applications. The imported documents contained charts, text and picture boxes and drawing objects.
By and large, they all did well on relatively simple documents. On more complex documents, SoftMaker Office, the product of a tiny software company based in Germany, really stood out. It did a great job importing graphics and tables that tripped up OpenOffice and Zoho.
Why spend $279 on Microsoft's behemoth Office 2010 suite when you can get a slick, lightning fast alternative SoftMaker Office for less than one-third of the price?
The better Office alternative: SoftMaker Office bests OpenOffice.org.
SoftMaker Office shows superior compatibility with Microsoft Office formats, while OpenOffice.org 3.1 falls flat.
With its TextMaker application, SoftMaker has achieved what the combined forces of Sun Microsystems and the whole of the free open source community could not: reliably exchanging data files with Microsoft Word.
It's stable, capable, and lightweight, but its crowning feature is still its superior file format compatibility with Microsoft Word.