WPS Office a.k.a Kingsoft Office is a very good free Microsoft Office alternative for Linux users including Ubuntu. It has familiar ribbon-style user interface just like Microsoft Office 2007 has, it also has an ability to switch between ribbon-style interface to classic interface like LibreOffice does.
The main disadvantages (according to me) is lack of ODT file support. You can not open ODT in WPS Office, so you have to save to DOC or DOCX format in LibreOffice if you want to open it in WPS office. Although you can open DOCX file properly, WPS Office doesn't offer many format to save as in Microsoft Office and LibreOffice, currently it supports *.wps, *.wpt (template), *.doc, *.dot (template), and *.txt. I hope the future version will support more format :)
WPS Office for Linux is a part of Chinese government projects to provide national operating system for their people so that WPS Office for Linux uses Chinese language by default. As it is a government project to provide an alternative to Microsoft product, WPS Office for Linux will be popular in China.
How to Install WPS Office on Ubuntu
WPS Office for Linux is in its beta version but you can try it on Ubuntu by downloading the deb package provided here. Once downloaded, simply install it using package manager or just execute the following command:
Although WPS Office for Linux uses Chinese language by default, you can switch it to English by executing the following command:
- sudo dpkg -i wps-office_22.214.171.12424~b1p2_i386.deb
Open WPS Office again and it should display in English.
- cd /opt/kingsoft/wps-office/office6/2052
- sudo rm qt.qm wps.qm wpp.qm et.qm