WPS Office: Microsoft Office Clone For Ubuntu!

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WPS Office LogoI always had the feeling that there is nothing in this world that the Chinese will not clone (legally or illegally). Look around, you’ll find a Chinese rip-off of anything be it software or hardware. They have Facebook and Twitter clone sites in China, they are serving the developing countries with replicas of the famous smartphone brands. And now we see a Microsoft Office clone for Linux (Ubuntu in particular).

Ubuntu has been chosen to build  “national OS” of China, Ubuntu Kylin. Good news is that Ubuntu Kylin will bring a new office suite with it, which is an almost exact look-alike of MS Office. This office product, known as WPS (W for Word, P for Presentation, S for Spreadsheet) is already in the market for Windows and is in beta phase for Ubuntu Kylin.

As you can see in the picture below, it is very similar to MS Office in looks.

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It could be considered as a good news because a Windows user, migrating to Linux will have an additional alternate to MS Office along with Libreoffice, Calligra, Open Office etc. While the rest of Office suits have different interface than Microsoft Office, WPS will be helpful in keeping the habitual MS Office user in its comfort zone.

Download the beta version of WPS Office for Ubuntu.

Picture Courtesy: linuxundich.de

  • Ade Malsasa Akbar

    You should review XDMAn too.. People will love it.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      What XDMAn are you talking about? Sorry, but Google did not help either.

      • Ade Malsasa Akbar

        Good. It is new IDM for Linux, release at 2013.


        It hosted at Source forge and maybe because of that you can’t find it in Google.

        • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

          The link doesn’t work. But I guess you are talking about Xtreme Download Manager. I’ll have it covered soon.

          • Ade Malsasa Akbar

            Ooh, you should give ‘s’ to http. I am sorry. But you are right. Yes, I am waiting for your review :)

          • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

            I’ll review it this weekend.

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  • Rick Shultz

    I have a question about WPS Office. I use Ubuntu 12.03 and installed the Beta 1 version of the program for Linux. It seems to run a little slow and many of the features remain in Chinese. So, I thought I’d uninstall it and wait awhile until an updated version comes out. However, the program does not appear in my Ubuntu Software Center and, therefore, I have no idea how to uninstall it. Any ideas? [email protected]

  • Brandon Curtis

    WPS Office is definitely free-to-use (gratis), but I can’t find the source anywhere – not sure that it’s actually libre. There appears to be some license information when I click ‘About’ in the software itself, but I can’t read Chinese.

    Have you seen any indication, one way or the other?

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      I am not sure either as I can’t read Mandarin. But as it will be the default office suite in Ubuntu Kylin (Chinese Ubuntu), I presume that it should be.

      • Brandon Curtis

        I’ve done some additional research, and in its current form WPS Office does not appear to be open source. I have a lot of trouble believe that there’s no proprietary code involved in its high-fidelity rendering of .docx and .pptx files. Additionally, it can’t read or write the OpenDocument formats. Perhaps it was chosen for inclusion simply because it’s the most popular Office software in China, and not because it’s particularly well-suited to integration with Ubuntu?

        A summary of my research into open source office suites is available on my blog: http://blog.brandoncurtis.net/2013/04/history-lesson-open-source-office.html

        • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

          That must be the reason otherwise it is unbelievable to have an Open source office product that doesn’t work with ODT format. Now thinking more about it, since a new Linux user usually search for MS Office on Linux. This inclusion of WPS should encourage many Chinese users to ditch Windows comfortably and opt for Kylin.

          P.S. If you would like to contribute on Open Source articles here, you are most welcome.

          • James

            Would you consider an article about the security & privacy concerns over WPS Office being non-libre AND backed by the Chinese government?

          • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

            If it is put up with logical argument, why not?

          • James

            Given the context, I see how my comment could’ve been misunderstood. I thought YOU might find it an interesting subject to write about. I’m too atrocious a writer to produce anything legible. :)

            I’d definitely enjoy reading it though. The Chinese government’s own move to embrace Ubuntu is largely motivated by the same concerns from Microsoft. Huawei might be of interest as related research. Bonus points if you find fishy data piggy-backed on WPS’s online features.

            Lovely blog, by the way!

          • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

            Hi James,

            Don’t get me wrong. I do consider it an interesting subject. I tried to say that it should have strong arguments backed by analysis because it might face some brickbats from some section of people.

            Please send the article or if you want, I can create you an account for direct submission.

  • pwndecaf

    Stolen code doesn’t seem to be the same as open source to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/james.fu James Fu

      WPS hasn’t stolen codes from anybody. Microsoft does not release their source codes for anybody to steal. FLOSS libraries they use would not fit the legal (or any other) definition of stealing.

      They did, however, steal Microsoft Office’s look-and-feel, in pretty much the same manner Apple stole Xerox’s GUI and mouse concepts in the 90s and subsequently Microsoft / IBM, the same, from Apple.

      Microsoft may have a case against Kingsoft similar to Apple vs Samsung over the Galaxy products. Whether any court rulings will be upheld in China (Kingsoft is backed by the Chinese government) is a different story.

      • http://twitter.com/MotionShot Heimen Stoffels

        But LO has the same interface as Office 2003. I’m not saying they’ve stolen it, especially since I’m a FOSS enthusiast too, I’m just saying it doesn’t really make any sense to say that WPS stole Office’s 2010 look since LO did that too. Also, LO Citrus UI mockup also looks like Office 2010. So while I do agree they’ve implemented the same UI, I’m not declaring it as stolen because that would mean LO stole interfaces too for both current as the mockup.

        • Kenny

          Yeah, and people keep forgetting “method of operation” of software is not copyrightable.

  • FerdienandP

    i hope there are no trojans inside WPS. What you see, sometimes is not what you get. That’s proven. Always watch your back co-techies.

  • coman

    Here is article, how-to install Office 2010 throught playonlinux

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    • Tôi Yêu Việt Nam

      Cờ hó Tờ ÀU Khựa
      ĐM mày !!!

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  • Honsen

    i registered to get it right that wps is definitely no clone of ms office at all…
    i use wps as my default productivity suite….

  • llstarscreamll

    Buena info… gracias… :)

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/fatriff Fatriff

    “I always had the feeling that there is nothing in this world that the
    Chinese will not clone (legally or illegally). Look around, you’ll find a
    Chinese rip-off of anything be it software or hardware. They have
    Facebook and Twitter clone sites in China, they are serving the
    developing countries with replicas of the famous smartphone brands. And
    now we see a Microsoft Office clone for Linux (Ubuntu in particular).”

    Hmmm.. Even though the 1st release of Kingsoft Office (WPS) came out in 1988.

    “Microsoft Office is an office suite of desktop applications, servers and services for the Microsoft Windows and OS X operating systems. It was first announced by Bill Gates of Microsoft on August 1, 1988 at COMDEX in Las Vegas.” and released in 1990.

    Seems to me Bill Gates is the one doing the ripping off, always has been.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Interesting information. Could it be possible that WPS redesigned its interface to look like MS Office? I tried to find images of one of the earliest version of WPS but could not find one. But Yes, Microsoft too has tried to copy stuff in past, like anyone else.

      • torbai

        It is true that WPS has redesigned. In 1990s, WPS was the best
        document software in China and it took the biggest share of Chinese
        market.(But seldom people were in possession of a computer at that time)
        And during that period, MS Office tried to be compatible with the WPS
        file format because of the superior position of WPS. However, after the
        cracked MS Windows and MS Office was in vogue and almost everyone used
        MS softwares in their own desktops, things were completely changed. WPS
        lost the majority of its market share and had to redesigned to be
        compatible with MS Office in a year around 2002, I think.


        In this web page (all Chinese), there is an image about the original WPS.

    • Tôi Yêu Việt Nam

      Chinese always clones (legally or illegally) not only software or hardware but also everything that u can’t think about (such as: food)

      • Kenny

        Prove? Reference? Any disassembly codes showing the back door?

        And since when Chinese “cloned” food?

  • wd108

    It’s (not) F.O.S.S.!

  • 贾可

    WPS means Word Processing System

  • yi

    WPS is not cloning at all.just stereotype about chinese companies
    anyway there is no developing without imitating at the very first beginning.
    have to say WPS is the most user friendly office suite so far in Linux
    everyone just try it

  • Yi Shen

    its not clone at all!

    Kingsoft just made up the lack and meet linux users need, which microsoft can never match! they just want to enjoy earning money through monopoly.

    kingsoft did not do anything illegal. it is just normal competition. its time that we should swift our attention and ignore micro haha