OpenOffice.org - the FREE office software package
Free office software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
OpenOffice.org Productivity Suite is an open-source office software package similar to Microsoft Office. One major difference is that OpenOffice.org is completely free to download and use. MS Office on the other hand, retails for a fairly substantial wack of cash.
How good is OpenOffice.org?
Those unfamiliar with OpenOffice.org may suspect that it is sub-standard when compared to it's well established office software rivals. This is where you are wrong. The OpenOffice.org package is as comprehensive and feature rich as many of the paid-for office products. In fact the software has some significant development time behind it, with OpenOffice.org 3 only being released after 3 years development.
What can OpenOffice.org do?
As with other popular office suites, the OpenOffice.org package includes software for:
- word processing (Writer)
- spreadsheets (Calc)
- presentations (Impress)
- graphics (Draw)
- databases (Base)
Is OpenOffice.org compatible with standard office file formats?
Indeed it is. It uses an international open standard format, this means you read and write files from other popular office software packages. For instance you could open a .doc file created in Microsoft Word, using the OpenOffice.org word processor (Writer) - and visa versa.
Will OpenOffice.org always be free?
Absolutely. The software is under Open Source license. This means that OpenOffice.org is built and maintained by volunteers, with additional funding via donations.
Viva the Open Source revolution!