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Kingsoft Spreadsheets Standard 2012 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Kingsoft Spreadsheets Standard 2012

Kingsoft Spreadsheets is a powerful data analysis tool.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 252 43 comments

Kingsoft Spreadsheets Standard 2012 was available as a giveaway on July 3, 2012!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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Kingsoft Spreadsheets is a powerful data analysis tool. Use it to tame your numbers, execute professional data processing operations and then present final outputs with charts or other graph tools. It offers a smaller file size than its competitors and as a result will load faster. The multiple tabs interface helps you efficiently organize your documents.

Key Features:

  • More than 100 common formulas used in Finance, Engineering and more;
  • Graphing Functions. Display large numbers of 2D and 3D graphics from 13 categories;
  • Add data from external databases, such as SQL and Oracle;
  • Multiple summary results in the status bar;
  • Create or format Pivot Tables;
  • Batch activates or cancels multiple hyperlinks;
  • Highly compatible with Microsoft Excel (97/2000/2003/2007/2010);
  • Two interfaces: the New 2012 interface and the Traditional interface.
  • and more!

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista / 7(x32/x64); CPU: Pentium II 266 MHz or higher; Memory: at least 128 MB; Hardware: at least 200 MB available space


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File Size:

49.7 MB



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Have a look at their latest full HD office suites!! :)

Really nice gui's:



A must have for HD monitors!! :D

Reply   |   Comment by GeeWiz  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

My mistake? In the formula, "year" is a numeric variable (2012 for instance) stored in a range named "year". It is not the function YEAR(). You didn't notice it, but "year" is lower case instead of upper case, and not followed by a value between parenthesis. For other language than English, you'll have to translate ROUND, DAY and MINUTE, and replace the ";" with a comma or else depending on your configuration.

The problem is not the format, its the formulas. Errors should not arise in formulas because the software cannot deal with them. In that case, the software should not pretend to be Excel compatible, or give a list of unknown functions like OOo does. That's what I meant.

Regarding file format, I doubt MS will let incompatibilities between Excel versions because they know very well (a) Excel is their main software (b) many people have not upgraded to 2000, 2003, 2007 or 2010. Compatibility is always descendant. This is why they offer for free the MSO compatibility pack for ascendance, so that I can open an XL 2010 file in my XL 2000. Publisher is the only product where you can't open a file saved in a previous version.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Awesome.. A true contender with the Giants!

Tested with a few complex Excel created workbooks and this progie edited / viewed / saved / reopened them all flawlessly. Awesome product.. just be even nicer if they offered the whole suite again.

Reply   |   Comment by async  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

www.OpenOffice.org It's free and works great for me.

Reply   |   Comment by jim48656  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I installed today's giveaway Kingsoft Spreadsheets Standard 2012 and without asking the program un-installed a previous giveaway on Jan 16, 2012 of Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2012. This reminds me of something Microsoft would do!!!! Please tell me how I can re-install the previous giveaway of Kingsoft Office Suite Professional 2012 since I use it all the time!!! This is really classless!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Janice  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Openoffice is same as microsfot office as open office was created as opne source before microsfot basically copied it and it is compatiable with microsoft as used it for powerpoint on microsoft in 2005 in my A+ class and it's 100 percent compatiable with microsfot office as most IT classes recommend open office even though most coleges can give away microsfot free to students at least use to i never check comments again asi don't care what anyone thinks i know all this from experience if you are going to complain aobut my post then get a life

Reply   |   Comment by ben dover  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

@38 papin - three comments :-
1) Many MS spradsheets & etc., Microsoft will not let all companies the rights to use 'their design principle of coding'.
2) At last 30% of 'open file type' (MS proprietiory formating) in
MS word proc's & spredsheets softwre editions / version are only about 60% compatible with older versions ! The normal instane is with 3 yaer different editions (e.g. 2007 / 2010 editon dates), but can be as little as 12 or 24 months different editions.
3) And from my experience, 90% of the time you have to go back to the old softare and save as a univrsal format, then reload and convert in the new version, even then there are often errors!

Reply   |   Comment by Terry likes cactii  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@38 - Excel doesn't understand that "simple formula" either - it might pay to try again

Reply   |   Comment by Russ  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

We can see system requirements: Windows 2000, but Setup.exe CANNOT be run under Windows 2000.

Reply   |   Comment by Usher  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Or FREE KingSoft Office Suite and FoxIt PDF Reader:


"... Foxit Office Suite, Free office productivity suite, consisting of

-- Foxit Reader,

... and three Kingsoft Office Suite [ 2012 Free v8.1.0.3032 2011 ] applications:

-- Writer for word processing,

-- Presentation for presentations , and

-- Spreadsheets for data processing ..."

Apparently there's promotions happening everywhere!


Or FREE http://www.kingsoftstore.co.uk/kingsoft-office-freeware.html

Compare editions:



http://www.kingsoft.com/ is in Chinese (LOTS to explore and download there!) and shows WPS Office 2012, presumably WPS means [W]ord, [P]resentations, [S]preadsheets -- no one offers Outlook and Access equivalents, eh?

Except Corel with it's Paradox database and free Thunderbird integrated email, $400 http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4720109&cid=catalog20038&segid=6600016#tab3


Anyway, explore, but have a backup plan, because I'm so burnt by Kingsoft removing prior editions when we try out new versions -- which is TOTALLY against an INSTALL program's expectations -- that I can't trust them now.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

@25 :

Kingsoft spreadsheet does not understand this simple formula: ROUND((DAY(MINUTE(year/38)/2+55)&"/4/"&year)/7;)*7-6. It returns an error (#VALUE!). This is NOT acceptable.

KS spreadsheet professional ignores .XLA. Same goes for references in macro editor. Obviously, you cannot create .xla files.

So far, so good: KS PRO is 90% compatible with MS XL, but I need the missing 10%.

@7, 14, ... :: regarding other office suites :

- SSuite does not know EOMONTH, EDATE and NETWORKDAYS. Does not know macros either. So, it's no competitor to Excel yet. Besides, GUI reminds me Windows 3.1...
- IBM Symphony is based on OpenOffice. Suffers of the very same flaws.
- You can try Software602 if you like, or anything you'll find on the web...

In order for a software to compete with XL 2000/3, it has to offer the very same features. Which means it must open ALL my .xls files without error and, of course, run the macros. To date, there's no competitor in the spreadsheet battle. One day, maybe...

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Francis #22:

As I've previously mentioned in earlier Kingsoft giveaways, Kingsoft really tries to integrate itself into Windoows (i.e. right click context menu functions, default class entries, default file handling, default OLE linkages, etc.), doesn't link / save the old entries and doesn't uninstall these integrations. Unfortunately this type of ignorant behaviour is common with a fair number of developers (since Microsoft feels that they are the end all and be all, and they wrote the OS, they are the only ones who could get away with this unfriendly behaviour).

The net result if you are trying different office suites and install them all on the same machine is that a number of the office packages will overwrite many but not all Microsoft Office's entries (I'm assuming you installed M$O first) and the result is you have a trashed, unstable system.

So, if you have Kingsoft & Microsoft Office installed on the same system, you can definitely expect problems. Don't blame Microsoft, it's actually the other programs that have screwed things up. (Believe it or not, Microsoft's Quality Control Job # 1 is to make sure that all Microsoft products work together better than anything else and they really don't care about other "competing" developers working well with their stuff - except for malware & hardware failure issues, you'll never have a problem system if all you ever only use is MS products & autoupdates are enabled.)

If you only have Kingsoft installed, it's not a bad choice as a quite usable package.

If you have Microsoft Office installed, only install other competing programs that are portable.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Microfost is still the King of the Hill. As far as know, there is no alternatives which do what the powerpoint does - removing background of a picture with such an ease. UNLESS Giovanni knows any prog that can do this!

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

MS Office 2010, like it or not, is much better than any office type software - but it is not free. If you are not used to Office 2010, you may not like it, but once you have, it is much better software than anything else out there (including cumbersome ms office 2003). Open Office is superior to the other freebies (like the 5th element) or other ms office wannabies. Why bother with just one program like this Kingsoft spreadsheet software when you can just download the whole suite of Open Office at http://www.openoffice.org/. Otherwise you can use windows live or google docs as free online office suites - both are much better than any other free versions like zoho, etc. If you need the best though, go for MS Office 2010.

Reply   |   Comment by gerald green  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

I already have more spreadsheets than I can use - so the developer decided the only difference between this and M$ is speed? From a marketing perspective, you've got to write a paragraph that is 100% stronger than the limp one you wrote for this day. You need to better differentiate yourself from the competition. Perhaps there is a more-for-less approach for you, or equal features but really, really lower price. Tough market to crack with the ONE big boy out there... good luck.

Reply   |   Comment by promytius  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Will it read my VisiCalc files?

Reply   |   Comment by Happy Dae  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

IBM lotus symphony is still available, and I was used to working with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Judi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

As far as I'm concerned,.. Kingsoft is great,.. including their "free" version of their office! Less time to load than the microsoft stuff as well. I'm using the whole package they gave last time. Thanks for making these things available!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Martina  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Umm....Openoffice = free.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Cleveland  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Great software. Got the Office Suite Pro version back earlier this year. Wish I had put it on my hope laptop before the time expired. Please offer the Office Suite Pro version again. Thanks Kingsoft & GAOTD guys!! :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Tom Kirkley  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

I have the suite that was posted a couple months ago. Great product. I wish I would've loaded it on my wife's laptop at the time. Please offer the Office Suite Pro again, if possible. :-)
Thanks Kingsoft and GAOTD...

Reply   |   Comment by Tom Kirkley  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@12 Never understood why so many bang on about price when its free here. The whole suite has a free version.
@13 download the pro trial version and use 7 zip to get the vba and install. Worked with previous version.
If you want to keep the old version too then install this in to a sandboxie sandbox.
Not sure why anyone would want to open odt file except with open office. Anyone you send it to who isnt an open office fan won't have a clue what it is. Most users will save in microsoft formats for compatiblity.
The ability to switch to from the ribbon in the version i use is a big plus.

Reply   |   Comment by andy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Thank you for the offer. I will decline at this time.
As many have stated Microsoft compatibility is a must.
I won't be testing this one.
An entire office suite is worth checking if/when there is an offer.
Until then there are other free options.


Reply   |   Comment by Century22  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

1.#7 Giovanni - Please… SSuite Office is some old GUI programs that need a lot of updates before it can compete with programs like OpenOffice !
Kingsoft has at least given the user a choice between old and new GUI !

#20 Meeh - .ods ? For what reason ?

I use Kingsoft on my smartphone and it work very well. The last thing that I need is Microsoft on my smartphone… I do have MS Office 2003 on my PC for many years, so there is no doubt about my knowledge of comparing todays offer.

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

I could really use this for the office! Thanks :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

Funny thing is.... they say "Kingsoft Spreadsheets is a powerful data analysis tool." but this thing don't even support .ods... (LibreOffice is the second most used Office Suite in this world... only Microsoft Office is more used.)

Well, I'd test it if this suports Libre Office (without exporting as Microsoft files).

Reply   |   Comment by Meeh  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

There are many office alternatives out there but non that simulate the office 2010 ribbon. That's because lots of us don't like it. I do prefer the backstage view but my older PC can't keep up with the resource hog of Microsoft.

So I stuck with Abiword since it's small and light. OpenOffice won't do since its quite heavy. I've asked the Abiword developers to implement the ribbon at least optionally, but nobody there seems to care about eye candy or marketing junk.

Then I found Kingsoft Writer, which has the best of both worlds: did a fine job with the ribbon, but also starts up much faster then Microsoft. I think its because Kinsoft is not based on Microsoft's .NET nonsence but rather on QT engine stuff.

Formating: The only issue I had was compatibility of formatting: I save a table in .doc format, but when opened with Abiword it's all jumbled up. But its not clear who's the problem Abiword or Kingsoft.

Reply   |   Comment by Levi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I'm surprised Giovanni left out:

GoogleDocs [cloud]

Also, I feel he references "dudes" far too many times in his posts...


Reply   |   Comment by paladin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Beware: The free version overwrites the standard version> I got the standard version writer for free on GAOTD a while ago and liked it so seeing this I thought the only one I don't have is the publisher so I decided to take this and install the publisher by installing Kingsoft office free. Well the office free said my writer was an older version and uninstalled it without giving me a chance to intervene. I suppose I should not complain about loosing something I got free but I would like to ask the publisher to give people a chance to stop their free version uninstalling the better version.

Reply   |   Comment by David Murphy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Kingsoft Spreadsheet will open native .xlsx files and allow modifications. However, it only saves to .xls format (not a problem really as that gives more compatibility with majority of users - especially those still using MS Excel 2003, on XP for instance).

Problem exists with files created via Wondershare PDF Converter - which only generates .xlsx versions; these always crash my KS Pro edition.
There is no problem with the converted file itself as I have successfully opened and edited them using Open Office.
Tests using MS Excel on another machine also open without any problem - so why this glitch in KS.?

My bug report directly to KS on this remains unanswered..!! :(

Reply   |   Comment by Tek  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

I lilke IBM Lotus Symphon3+ , MS Office starter(free), Softmaker 2008 (free)and ssuite products. Earlier I found Kingsoft witer not stable.Hence I skip this.

Reply   |   Comment by vishwanath  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

For general use (97% of home users), why not. Overall, it's a good product. But you cannot use VBA macros, including .XLA files.

The advantage of Kingsoft products is they function like M$ ones; and you can install only what interests you. The very good: no ribbon if you hate it like I do.

Free alternatives are OpenOffice and LibreOffice, but these have taken paths not really towards lightness, simplicity and efficiency; moreover, they mimic some of the best irritating MS Office flaws, and you must install the whole 300+ MB suite. Then, in those office suites, VBA is useless; aggravating, macro programming is a PITA: no or very poor, if any, documentation; no macro recording.

About the price tag (today's exchange rates: GBP/USD = 1.57). Kingsoft Spreadsheet Professional is £19 or $29.82, when the Standard is £12 or $18.84. Thus, the real give away is $19.95 (psychological price tag).

Or they should have given away the Professional version if they really wanted us to save $29.95. LOL.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

to 4 Me - I have to agree with you. Also the only office that comes close to Microsoft is Softmaker Office followed by Livre Office. With Kingsoft Office, why do they split the Office Suite in individual packages? It doesn't nake any sense. The pricing policy seems strange comparing the individual packages. You pay 19 pounds for Writer Pro. That is 57 bucks if you buy the packages individually but only 45 if you buy the full office pro. It's only 9 bucks difference from Standard to Pro version, that makes me think where's the dodge in this? Why not just keep it simple and have only the Pro version for 45 bucks?

Reply   |   Comment by vanderoeast  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Since I already paid for Microsoft Office a long way back, and have used it with macros and user defined toolbar icons, there is no reason to change to another worksheet software.

The formulae that you set in your Excel worksheets may not work EXACTLY the same in Kingsoft. Beware if you use for critical tasks.

Will give this giveaway a miss.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-27)


in January I heard something about the critical security of this offices suite.

Especially with view to its manufacturer country: China.

Some mourned about a trojan/bot like behavior (which theory is also plausible ... who does not want to use a Microsoft-Like/compatible but cheaper product?) ["collecting information on HDD", etc.

Haha, OK, the information gatehred by MS products (Win, office, etc. ) is not less, too :D

I do not want to critisize the product in any negative way.
But I only want to ask and I am open minded for proofs, of course.

It seems that it installs some drivers and services so that it obviously cannot run without.
And so is not portable (OK, which is no reason against the product)

What experiences have you made concerning about that?

Thanks for the software!
regards !

Reply   |   Comment by Janina Sperlin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-23)

This is an excellent Excel Clone. I have used this in the free 2010 version in the past and I find it quicker and easier to use than Libre Office. Lost of small added features - any chance of the powerpoint alternative? Thanks Kingsoft and GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by AP Clarke  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Well, developers, it's a great work! Thanks for contribution.

P.S. Nice UI made using great Qt framework. Applause!

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-31)

This GAOTD refers to the Spreadsheet part of the office suite....


...how about grabbing an OFFICE SUITE for FREE instead??

Yes...you heard me right dudes ==> FREE!!

Here you can find an incredible collection of great FREE Office Suites (Desktop & Portable Office Suites, Personal Finance Software etc...)

You can take your pick dudes....


My favourite FREE Office Suite listed there is definitely "SSuite Office - Premium HD", the world's first free HD optimized office software suite!!

But "SSuite Office - Excalibur Release" is also a superb software!!

And if you prefer a Portable solution, "SSuite Office - BladeRunner" is the way to go!!!!


But, if you don't want to install anything in your PC, why not use ZOHO, the best online Cloud Office Suites available on the market right now??

This amazing online Office Suite is capable of replacing any Desktop Office suite mentioned above, as it not only offers Word processing, Spread Sheets and Presentations but also provides you with the Wiki Pages Planner for managing your to-do list, tasks and notes, and several other features that are or better yet should be an integral part of any office application suite out there.


The proof of the pudding is in the eating!!!


Cheers from Italy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+53)

Why the price tag here is $29,95, and on the homepage standard version is priced $49,95? Is this GAOTD version somewhat reduced in features?

Reply   |   Comment by Rafal  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Anything that is not fully compatible with Microsoft Office (from a small business/Medium business perspective)is just not worth using IMO. Sad but true, As MS Office is the standard worldwide, if you use something else that isn't totally compatible in nearly every way with your client's software then it's totally useless I have found (the hard way). If you just want it for your home computer account then that's fine. Just sayin ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Me  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

If you don't have Microsoft Office then this is a great aternative for the Spreadsheet part of the office suite. We were given the full version of Kingsoft Office Suite Pro version back in January/February and I've not bothered transferring my copy of Microsoft Office from my old computer simply because apart from a few issues Kingsofts software is nearly as good.

The interface is very similar to Microsofts version as well.
I'll pass on this today though as I still have the Full Office suite from the previous giveaway. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+62)

Didn't you forget XP/2002 versions of Excel in your compatibility list?

Reply   |   Comment by internetexplorer  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-54)

Thanks you guys another great and worthwhile software.

Reply   |   Comment by ian bowman  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-132)
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