Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 2002 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    6,787,968
  • Date Added:
    October 01, 2013
  • File Size:
    134.33MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,864
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

Editors' Review

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OpenOffice has come a long way after racing to improve its compatibility with Microsoft Office. If you're looking for Microsoft-caliber applications for free, OpenOffice has alternatives to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and more.

Pros

Free: The most significant feature of OpenOffice is that it's free -- no subscription fee, no lump sum, no upsell to a pro version. If your business needs don't include complex word-processing or database-management features, then OpenOffice is a bargain.

Compatibility: OpenOffice supports the same file formats as rival programs like Word and Excel. Those coming from Microsoft will be pleased to hear that Office files work in OpenOffice, too.

Function: For most basic uses, OpenOffice holds its own. Math allows you to create basic charts and cell-dependent calculations just like Excel, and most useful features from Microsoft Word also appear in Writer, including spell checkers and most text-formatting options.

Cons

Not for heavy Excel users: Expert spreadsheet manipulators will find it hard to live without compatibility with Visual Basic for Applications, especially if your macro functions depend on Microsoft's environment.

Poor presentations: If you create the most basic of presentations, Impress will suffice. But PowerPoint holds a large lead when it comes to variety in designs, templates, transitions, and collaborative features. Though OpenOffice can open PowerPoint files, don't expect the transitional effects to import.

Bottom Line

Apache OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office: The question isn't which suite has better features (that's Microsoft's), but rather whether the open-source suite has enough features for your work. Microsoft offers affordable pricing for Office 365, a subscription model that puts Office on just about every device you can imagine. But if you're looking to save a few bucks and don't need all the fancy support of Office, then OpenOffice's core offerings will get the job done.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 24 votes

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    4.3

    out of 2002 votes

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    • 4 star 567
    • 3 star 111
    • 2 star 43
    • 1 star 128
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    "Great MS Office alternative"

    October 14, 2014   |   By WallyBenny

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

    Pros

    - Very good compatibility with MS Office
    - Fast
    - Stable

    Cons

    - Although very good compatibility, I still have problems with some Word docs.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 4.0.1
    Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 is a maintenance release which fixes critical issues and improves the overall quality of the application.
    General
    Publisher The Apache Software Foundation
    Publisher web site http://www.openoffice.org/
    Release Date September 27, 2013
    Date Added October 01, 2013
    Version 4.0.1
    Category
    Category Business Software
    Subcategory Office Suites
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements
    Download Information
    File Size 134.33MB
    File Name Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Win_x86_install_en-US.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 6,787,968
    Downloads Last Week 7,864
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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