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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works nicely, but be careful during installation!"

    January 13, 2013  |   By EchidnafaceKillah

    Pros

    OpenOffice contains all of the software one would expect in an Office suite, and it all works very nicely. There is a bit of a learning curve if you're used to Microsoft Office or other software, but the software seems reliable and stable. And best of all, it's free!

    Cons

    There is an ABSURD amount of bloatware that the installer attempts to trick you into installing. And it's mostly shady stuff too. Be sure to carefully read every screen and corresponding buttons during the install process. Do not use the quick "next > next > next" routine that we are all used to doing when installing software. Also, despite the claims of compatibility between Microsoft Office, it is still not 100% compatible and probably never will be. It comes pretty close, but if you expect to share complex documents with several users whose main method of viewing/editing them is MS Office, then it would be best just to buy/use MS to begin with.

    Summary

    All in all, this suite is quite powerful and impressive and I use it quite frequently. I cannot officially recommend it to anyone, however, because I am concerned about the software its installer is bundled with.

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  • Reply by BKBruder7 on January 14, 2013

    Like others who have posted over the last few months, this WAS A GREAT freeware program that I used for my small business and personal computing. Regrettably, after the latest upgrade the program no longer operates as it did for more than a year and has caused me nothing but headaches. I keep praying the developers will read this feedback & fix the problems as I have many files I need to use to finish out my taxes for 2012. I am running out of time and guess I may need to reluctantly return to the behemoth -- Microsoft. Here's hoping Apache Open Office figures it out soon.
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