I have preffered LibreOffice, BUT:___
I don't use MS-Exell. I've only used Open offfice, or LibreOffice for several years now, and have enjoyed it very much. BUT: I'm now using LibreOffice 188.8.131.52 in Mint13 Mate. In order to get a good search (let alone search and replace) I have to copy out to a plain text program (pluma, or gedit), , and then save it under the extension of *.txt, open it in Libre office Writer, painstakinly re-edit the whole Using tabs, search and replace, etc. and then print from there. I have an old HP Lazer 4050 series, which prints under all my other programs (including LibreOffice-Writer) but not in LibreOffice-Calc. Never had this trouble in Mint 11 with whatever that version of LibreOffice was.
I know there must be a way to set it right, but I don't know how, and haven't gotten much help from "google-my friend"! Also not real happy about some fo the default settings, such as that LibreOffice-Draw pops up every time I try to look at a PDF file. And it doesn't even give a very good veiw of the PDF.