MS Office and WPS Office are the two most used office software applications. To term one of them ‘the best’, we need to compare their features and pricing. The users have contrasting opinions for both the applications. Some prefer the WPS office because it is more functional, while others prefer MS Office because of the trust embedded in Microsoft. The best software is the one that can satisfy the user’s needs. For example, a student does not need elaborate features for making school projects, but a finance official has to use an excel spreadsheet for all of his work and hence needs a software that will make his work convenient.
If we compare the features of both the apps, there is no doubt that the WPS Office offers more features in its products and more products altogether. Both include a word processor, a presentation tool, a note-taker, a spreadsheet, and a cloud application. While Microsoft has skype to bum them up a point, the WPS office has a whole range of pdf applications consisting of pdf convertors pdf editor, and data recovery. Another plus point of the WPS office is that it is 100% compatible with Microsoft Office. Also, it is more secure as the documents can be password protected. While the WPS office supports only English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, and Polish, MS Office support Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, and Swedish too. The more languages supported by MS Office has made it more accessible for people with language barriers. The WPS Office works with operating systems( Windows, Linux, Android, Mac, iPhone, and web-based devices), making it a favorable choice.
WPS Office integrates with hardware and software products from service vendors and managed service provider partners, whereas Microsoft Office can integrate with third-party solutions too like skype, Wunderlist, and Sunrise Calendar.
Now to shed light on another comparative feature, pricing, Microsoft Office has a one-time payment system for the professional software. With a one-time payment of $499.99, the buyer gets a package including; Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Onenote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Themes, Insights, and Comment Tracking feature. Office also has a web-based application for free, but it lacks some necessary features. On the other hand, WPS Office has multiple packages put together after keeping in mind the different needs of a variety of users. Each bundle has a different set price as per the products and features included in it. Apart from the free version, there are packages termed as professional, education, and premium. It also varies from device to device. WPS package for Android devices is different from the one for IOS devices. There is a PDF converter, and Data Recovery Master packages too.
The versatility of the products and combined packages provided by the WPS office makes it clear that it can be a good option for small or medium businesses, large enterprises, and freelancers too. MS Office is considered appropriate for small businesses and freelancers only.
To conclude, it is safe to say that WPS’s products make it look like a better choice, but it also depends on the user’s needs. If your business has basic application needs, free is the best option.