Online Word Processors as Web Based Microsoft Office Alternatives

I love Web apps that is software used inside of your browser with no download needed. I hate Microsoft Office and indeed I even dislike the open source alternative Open Office, both are

  • bloated
  • cluttered
  • complicated

There are free online word processors on the other hand.

I tried almost all of them and I want to share with you the list of those web based word processors I used or that I rather still use.

  1. Google Docs, the artist formerly known as Writely is called Google Docs, it’s easy to use, supports different languages without the need of switching them.
    It’s fast and I use it in English, German and Polish.
    Drawback: Big Google watches you! In Germany Google even reserves the right to publish your private documents, basically Google owns them. 
  2. Zoho offers the best web based word processor aka Zoho Writer among a plethora of other online applications. I use Google Docs only because it’s quicker as I log in at other Google services anyway. Zoho Write is my online word processing tool of choice. 
  3. Thinkfree Online Editor is a full fledged online word processor based on Java with all its pros and cons.For me here it loads a while so it’s more for the longer texts not the quick mail or note. It’s rather made for the essays. Sadly it doesn’t work on Firefox anymore.

By now I mostly use Zoho Writer or the downloadable Softmaker Office. It’s has a free version.

Last updated June 23rd, 2015.