Q&A WPS Office question.

Morro

Level 11
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Jul 8, 2012
533
The WPS software looks great... However it's a subsidiary of Kingsoft who also run the controversial Cheetah Mobile apps.

2014 - Clean Master (CM) used deceptive ads
2014 - CM promoted users to uninstall Chrome
2018 - Implications with a click-fraud scheme
2020 - Google removed all their apps (now banned)

You can block all WPS processes, but it's not a software I recommend.

Thank you for the warning, I will take that into account, I will also install FreeOffice and compare the 2 office programs to one another. Then after comparing them for a few days I will decide on which I keep using.
 

Chuck57

Level 5
Verified
Oct 22, 2018
232
Well so far WPS Free is not showing any ads, that might be because I am blocking those 6 processes I talked about in my OP. ( And the program seems to function properly otherwise as far as I can tell so far. ) But should it start showing ads any way after a while and if it starts to get annoying around that time, then that wil be the time I will try out Softmaker FreeOffice. :)
In a couple of months of using WPS office every day, I have yet to see any ads, and I'm not blocking anything. I show 2 processes calling out. One is their cloud storage (1G free), the other something to do with their desktop or whatever you call it. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it, but if it starts becoming a nuisance at some point with ads, I have no qualms about dumping it for FreeOffice. Combine that with Ashampoo's free PDF (flexipdf) and I'd be good.
 

Mountainking

Level 2
Jan 10, 2018
99
I have used simplewall to block WPS office access to internet. Apart from downloading templates I don't need it to access the internet.

By the way, WPS is a really great office suite. Awesome compatibility, tab handling documents of various formats, and look and feel is most closest to MS Office. It also doesn't have the bloated functionality that's included in Office which is rarely used. At the same time it has all the required functionalities arranged neatly in a splendid UI and available in a few hundred MB's as compared to 3GB+ in MS Office.
This. It is like a 100 MB dl I think and the best part is I can use the free version. The paid package is cheap also.
 

Chuck57

Level 5
Verified
Oct 22, 2018
232
This. It is like a 100 MB dl I think and the best part is I can use the free version. The paid package is cheap also.
WPS office is definitely great. I have to send my files in DOCX, the latest and 'greatest.' Those receiving them use MS Word. I have never had a single complaint about formatting problems since I began using WPS. Where or who makes it is irrelevant to me. It works well.
 

Mountainking

Level 2
Jan 10, 2018
99
You can safely delete the cloud process/uninstall it. I did and there is no background processes running when I'm not using WPS. I think the other has something to do with auto updating...
 
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Chuck57

Level 5
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Oct 22, 2018
232
Didn't think about auto updating being one of the processes. The other, their gigabyte of cloud storage, I'll likely leave alone. I might even use it someday. Considering an average novel of mine runs 350K to 400K size, I'd never fill up a gigabyte.
 
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