Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice

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October 01, 2013
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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.


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.


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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  • 5 stars

    "ok ok ok ok ok"

    May 28, 2014   |   By Spirited!

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0


    ok ok ok ok ok





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  • 2 stars

    "It's okay. Not too sure of it's future!"

    May 28, 2014   |   By pickycustomer

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0


    Not enough for me.


    See summary below.


    At one time I relied on Apache OpenOffice (AOO). Not anymore. AOO has stability issues, it was continually crashing. I tried Kingsoft Office Free (KSOF)wasn't sure about it either. It's from China. I wasn't convinced there was "not" spyware included. I tried LibreOffice (LO)and have stuck with it. LO can use the "code" from AOO but the reverse cannot be done. LibreOffice has yet to crash on me while AOO was constantly crashing. One good thing I can say about AOO is that it uses less HDD space than LO.
    But, again LO is much more stable. Both AOO and LO needs Java Runtime Environment to be fully functional. The Document Foundation (the people who releases/creates LibreOffice) are working out the Java dependency. The average user will not see the need for JRE. However "power users" will need JRE. Personally I don't since I'm an average user and not a power user.

    I wish I could recommend Apache OpenOffice, but I can't. The stability issue and the knowledge that AOO is lacking in its development base (most of the top tier went to LibreOffice) I
    don't have much faith in Apache OpenOffice. No, I'm not a fanboy.
    I'm just a user who wants a quality product, even if it's free.

    Updated on Jun 28, 2014

    Please don't get me wrong Apache OpenOffice is a good alternative to Microsoft Office. For those who rely on AOO I hope Apache gives the developmental stability OpenOffice deserves. I just got tired of living with multiple crashes while using AOO. I did a lot of research before deciding to switch to LibreOffice. The result of my research showed most experts gave the edge to LibreOffice. If anyone who uses AOO without issues, more power to you. To each their own. And mine is LibreOffice.

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  • 5 stars

    "I love opensource software"

    May 25, 2014   |   By viniciusarl

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0


    Their philosophy is so beautiful, hahaha.

    The program is very good btw, many users will be satisfied with it.


    Office 2003 interface. Oh if they improve it ;)

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