Tired of buying Microsoft Office for each computer you use? OpenOffice is an open-source (i.e. free) software suite for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. It stores all your data in file formats that are compatible with Microsoft Office, and works on many computer platforms including Windows, Mac and Unix. The newest release, OpenOffice 3.1 is now available for download.
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Kathy Hart says
I have the OpenOffice 3.1 on my desktop computer (have had OpenOffice for quite a few years) and prefer Microsoft. Reason being, the program itself isn’t all that bad, it just doesn’t open everything like it states. For example, if someone sends you an attachment unless you know what program created the document or spreadsheet, you will have a hard time converting it. If you do manage to convert it to OpenOffice, you can’t always convert it back. Also, if you do convert it, you might have to edit the document to make it useable. When my daughter was in school, she ran into this problem a lot, as she sent her reports or term papers to the teacher (with her permission of course), who opened them so she could print them (as our print was doing everything but print). Not even the computer teacher could open them. Copying from one page to OpenOffice takes a lot of work as you have to edit the spacing, font, etc. Overall, OpenOffice is great if that’s all you plan on doing, it is a good word processing program with everything that Microsoft Word, Works, or Office has, but it has problems with converting documents or spreadsheets.
Greg Bulmash says
If you’re on a Mac, consider trying Neo Office, an offshoot of Open Office. It’s everything you love about Open Office, but more tightly integrated with OS X.