LivingWriter vs Microsoft Word

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more


Category: Note-taking tool
Industries: Academia, Publishing,


96 USD/ year

9.99 USD/ month

14 days free trial

Microsoft Word

Category: Note-taking tool
Industries: Academia, Corporate, Business, Workplace



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LivingWriter reviews

I've been using this app for awhile on my tablet and desktop. While the desktop app isn't perfect, this app is particularly frustrating to use, especially if you're using a physical keyboard. The arrow keys don't control the cursor, instead cycling through the header navigation. Once you've accidentally pressed an arrow key, pressing space bar makes the menu open, without fail. It's very irritating.

- Alissa McGee

Perfect for those who like to plot out their stories. The tools are very versatile and I easily adjusted them to my needs. I love that I can jump between mobile and web, since I write 80% on my phone and 20% on the computer. My only major qualm with this app is that I really like the element link feature, but I don't think it works on the app. I can see the element links I've made on the web version, but as far as I can tell, I can't make links.

- Nico

I love the desktop version but the app leaves so much to be desired. Basic functions like being able to use auto correct or select/highlight text to cut or copy and paste is just non existent and it lags like crazy. Part of the reason I signed up was for the supposed convenience of being able to work on my projects from my phone or computer when on the go but that's simply not possible with so many basic functions (which can be found in any other writing app) just aren't available.

- Eli Ernest

Microsoft Word reviews

Works great! The only issue I have is that when using the easier to read app on the phone. When I want to make a new paragraph, instead of indenting automatically like it would on the computer, it doesn't seem to do that. So when I go to review the work, it comes out differently and I need to press the tab key for every new paragraph I've written.

- Emily Schiffbauer

I was very interested in like (60) Terra bytes but it is too slow compared to MS One Drive the fastest, GoogleDrive hangs in there but what happened to all of the things I have saved to this folder? I still wonder. Well, more? MS WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS all are the best that can be found. Dependable, there to do almost anything you need done. I have always had at least those 3 programs on my 15 or so Windows XP, 10 & 11. My results have always been perfect on the part of the software.

- Rogers Adams

Excellent document editor where you can pick up those that were created on your computer and continue working on them review attachments from emails and edit as necessary before responding. I have been using Microsoft word for many many years and it is as good on my phone as it is on my computer. Once I figured out that I could dictate my word documents like became much easier to use on the phone.

- Karl Heeter

Pros & cons


Living Writer stores all your book content in Amazon Cloud Services
The work is encrypted, and the app team can’t access it
You can also use it directly from the web app if you prefer
The app offers basic spellchecking, image insert, and other functions you can expect from any text editor

The app didn’t seem to work well with outside tools like Grammarly
There’s also no “readability” metric, which some writers enjoy
There aren’t many customization options for re-arranging how tools or windows appear.

Microsoft Word

It is easy to correct the mistakes by just hitting the backspace or delete button
Templates for any type of document and mail merge from a database
Microsoft Word is available practically everywhere, It comes standard on many PCs, You can typically find it on your work computer

Some symbols aren’t easily accessible
Shared documents can not be edited in real-time
Images and the figures can be quite stubborn and hard to position well.

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