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New OpenOffice boots faster, is more compatible

The latest minor-point update to OpenOffice brings users faster launch speeds and better support for Microsoft Office 2007-formatted files.

Better highlighting design stands out in OpenOffice 3.2

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The latest minor-point update to OpenOffice brings users faster launch speeds and better support for Microsoft Office 2007-formatted files. OpenOffice 3.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux also sees the debut of comments in Impress, encryption support for Office 2007-formatted files, and smoother sort, merge, and copy and paste functions in Calc.

Highlighting has also been tweaked to stand out more visually, with a new blue background and edging. The full list of changes can be read here. Be warned, it's a very tech-speak-heavy chart and is not easy to navigate.

The performance improvement is immediately noticeable, although when restarting OpenOffice after the upgrade the QuickStarter app was disabled. It can be restarted without rebooting via the Start menu either in the OpenOffice folder or the Startup folder. Even without the QuickStarter app running in the background, though, Writer launches much faster than it did before, and the spreadsheet component Calc is practically blazing compared with the previous version.

Still lacking, at least in the Windows version of OpenOffice, is support for Windows 7 features such as jump lists and Aero Peek previews.

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