Collaboration & Communication/June 12, 2019
Asaf Fybish

Asaf Fybish is a Tel Aviv-based growth marketing professional. He likes all things organic, especially when it comes to growth. He's our Chief of Stash at StartupStash

19 Proven Excel Alternatives for Your Team

Spreadsheets are part of modern business where Microsoft Excel is the essential software to manage, analyze, visualize, and forecast data. People may need different purposes from Excel. However, most users don’t use complicated features.

Excel is used on individual desktops so that it’s not that easy to collaborate with other team members on your spreadsheet. Of course, you can send this file via email, but it’s a time-consuming process. Moreover, Excel is a part of Microsoft Office that costs about $99 per year for business needs and $6.99 for personal use. It’s quite an expensive option.

In this collection, we have handpicked the Excel alternatives that are much easier, cheaper, and more versatile than Excel. Some of these tools are work collaboration tools, and some of them are simple spreadsheet software. Choose the tool you like and try.

1. Thinkfee Office


ThinkFree is a decent alternative to MS Office. This software is very similar to Google Drive. It has three main functional features such as Word for text editing; Cell for creating and working with spreadsheets similar to Excel; Show that helps to create a presentation. ThinkFree supports all MS Office format files. You can run the program from desktop or mobile and manage your documents in real time.

Platform: Windows, Linux, Macintosh, Android and iOS

Price: 2/months free trial; Enterprise version $79.99

2. Zoho Sheet


Zoho Sheet is a spreadsheet editor application allowing a user to create charts and diagrams, analyze data, edit and share all these documents. You can also provide common access to these files. It is recommended for small companies. Zoho Sheet supports formulas and it can create graphics. The app uses cloud-based storages that makes it possible to reach your docs everywhere anytime.

Platform: MacOS, Windows, Android, iPhone

Price: free for teams up to 25 people

3. Open Office


OpenOffice is a free package of office applications. The tool offers a number of apps for efficient work with the documents like ‘Writer’ helps to edit texts; ‘Calc’ helps you to build charts and make calculations; ‘Impress’ feature is responsible for presentations; ‘Base’ enables you to work with databases; ‘Draw’ creates diagrams and even 3D illustrations; ‘Math’ deals with formulas. The program is compatible with other useful apps.

Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS

Price: Free

4. FreeOffice


FreeOffice is an excellent app for teamwork. It is totally compatible with all MS Office suit. FreeOffice offers powerful features like Text Maker, Plan Maker, Presentations. Text Maker has a catalog of templates enabling you to create any document with ease. Plan maker offers a menu with 350 features that will help you to create spreadsheets, make calculations, etc. with no effort.

Platform: Windows, Mac and Linux

Price: Free

5. Apple Numbers


Apple Numbers is a spreadsheet application and a companion of the other two apps Pages and Keynote. Apple has worked out its spreadsheet program which is easy to use and quick to manage on the go. The application offers a wide selection of pre-made templates. One of the main features is adding 3D graphs and diagrams to the document. You can share documents via email. And you still may save your docs as Excel files.

Platform: Mac

Price: Free

6. Google Sheets


Google Sheets is the best alternative to Excel. It is an online application for work with graphs, reports, and diagrams. The app gives collective access to the files so that a few users can see the same file in real time. All the data are stored in the Cloud. Other important features are Google translate, Go Finance, Import Data, which greatly facilitate the work. You can manage your files in offline mode.

Platform: MacOS, Windows, Android, iOS

Price: Free

7. Scoro


Scoro is a powerful alternative to Excel. It is an all-in-one business managing application allowing to control of multiple tasks. The program enables to plan and monitor workloads, meetings, deadlines, and projects. The app separates contacts efficiently. You can convert all files into PDF format. Users can follow real-time dashboards for work routine and track the results immediately.

Platform: Windows, Android, iOS, Mac

Price: $26/mo

8. LibreOffice


LibreOffice is not only an alternative to Excel but a similar software to MS office. The application consists of a few instruments: Writer for editing texts, Calc table client, Impress tool for presentations, Draw tool for graphics, Math for applying formulas, Base helps with database work. LibreOffice supports various types of formats. The app will boost office efficiency on a day-to-day basis.

Platform: Windows, GNU/Linux, MAC OS

Price: Free

9. Bime Analytics


Bime Analytics is a simple but powerful application to analyze, visualize and present data in your office. It has more than 25 templates for visualization. This program is not a full substitute for Excel but the app allows creating informative dashboards in no time. It is compatible with Google BigQuery. Bime works with clients from all industries: from well-known companies to startup businesses.


Price: 14-day free trial/$490 a month

10. Sheetster Web Spreadsheet


Sheetster is a web-based spreadsheet application. It is an Excel alternative. A user can create and share docs, build tables and apply formulas. The app supports multi-user editing in real time. Spreadsheets can be integrated into web applications.

Platform: Windows, MAC, Linux

Price: Free

11. Quip


Quip is an application combining chat, documents, list of tasks, and diagrams. It greatly improves teamwork. With Quip, you can create the documents and share them with other team members. You can operate the app from a mobile device. The app has more than 400 features that are suggested for complicated projects.

Platform: iOS, Android, Web

Price: Free trial/$30 yearly for five members

12. WorkZone


WorkZone is a useful program for managing projects. The app allows to create templates, visualize a project, set tasks and deadlines. It much balances out the work across your team. Charts and graphs can easily be exported to Excel or PDF.

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

13. Redbooth


Redbooth is an open source application for complex project management. It allows joint work and communication in the team. The service enables discussions, file sharing, and HD video conference meetings that makes it a great alternative to Slack. Redbooth offers many more useful features for the team than Excel.

Platform: iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, web

Price: Free

14. Gnumeric


Gnumeric is an open source application for work with spreadsheets. It allows you to make calculations, use formulas, build various charts and diagrams. The app has a simple interface and features similar to Excel.

Platform: GNU/Linux, Windows, MAC OS X.

Price: Free

15. WPS Office


WPS Office is software from Chinese developer created as an Excel alternative. Its interface is similar to MS office. WPS office consists of three programs such as Write, Spreadsheets, Presentations. It supports all popular doc formats.

Platform: iOS, Windows, Android, Linux

Price: Free

16. Calligra Sheets


Calligra Sheets is a multifunctional calculation and spreadsheet tool. The Calligra package includes several programs: a word processor Words, a spreadsheet editor Sheets, graphics editors Krita and Karbon, presentations master Stage and diagram tool Flow.

Platform: Windows, Android

Price: Free

17. Siag Office


Siag Office is a free office package for Unix. The program offers many useful functions, for example, a table editing tool Siag, a text editor Pathetic Writer, anime instrument Egon, file client XFiler, editing master XedPlus. All files can be used with the GVU tool.

Platform: Unix, MAC OS X, FreeBSD

Price: Free

18. Freedcamp


Freedcamp is free software for project managing. You can organize a workspace for viewing the whole project, tracking its key moments, setting and assigning tasks using stickers and a calendar. The app can be integrated with Google Calendar, Google Drive, Dropbox.


Price: Free

19. EtherCalc


EtherCalc is an excellent tool for editing spreadsheets on the web for teamwork. The program allows not only to edit documents but to insert charts, format, and sort. It has functions for counting data, links, and summary. Its main advantage is considerable time saving due to teamwork.

Platform: GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows

Price: Free

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Asaf Fybish

Asaf Fybish is a Tel Aviv-based growth marketing professional. He likes all things organic, especially when it comes to growth. He's our Chief of Stash at StartupStash