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OpenOffice – A free alternative to Microsoft Office

OpenOffice.org (See what Wikipedia says)is an Open Source, community-developed, multiplatform office-productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.

Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including Microsoft’s. Localizations of OpenOffice.org are available in 27 languages with more being constantly added by the community.

OpenOffice.org runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.

Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL Open Source licenses, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.

And, because the file format for OpenOffice.org is in XML, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.

OpenOffice Components
Writer – Equivalent to Microsoft Word
Calc – Equivalent to Microsoft Excel
Impress – Equivalent to Microsoft Powerpoint
Base – Equivalent to Microsoft Access
Draw – Equivalent to CoralDraw
Math – Equivalent to Microsoft Equation Editor

System Requirements for OpenOffice.org for Microsoft Windows
* Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista (enhanced Vista integration from version 2.2)
* 128 Mbytes RAM (I would recommend 512 MB)
* At least 800 Mbytes available disk space for a default install (including a JRE) via download. After installation and deletion of temporary installation files, OpenOffice.org will use approximately 440 Mbytes disk space.
* 800 x 600 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours
* Java runtime environment 1.4.0_02 / 1.4.1_01 or newer

Download versions

Stable version available is OpenOffice.org 2.4 –
Download links: Full InstallPortable version
The release candidate 2 of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now ready for testing –
Download Links: Full InstallPortable version

But, will Microsoft Office users be able to open OpenOffice Documents? Answer is YES!
There are OpenOffice plugins available which, after installed will enable Microsoft Office users to open documents created in OpenOffice.
ODF-Convertor : These free add-ins for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint enable those apps to open and save their ODF counterparts (which typically have .ODT, .ODS, and .ODP extensions, respectively). They’re compatible with Office XP, 2003, and 2007.
ODF Plugin from Sun : Read and write ODF files in Microsoft Office.

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September 24, 2008 - Posted by | Microsoft, OpenSource, Technology | , , , , ,

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