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OpenOffice.org (Windows)

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A credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes.

The interface is similar to that of MS Office, and even advanced Office users will find almost everything they're used to: templates, collaborative features (versions, recording changes), macros, and even a programming language. OOo, as it's known, lets you open and save documents in formats as diverse as MS Office formats, PDF, HTML, and XML. It can also import files from those formats, as well as WordPerfect and others. However, it normally saves files in the open-standard Oasis OpenDocument XML format, for maximum compatibility with other applications.

The latest versions of OpenOffice have seen a spurt of growth in the extensions available for the program. These include templates for professional writers, an export tool for bidirectional functionality with Google Docs, blog publishing, and others. Blog publishing assistance especially strikes us as a natural area for word processing to grow toward.

We were pleased to find that stability has improved too. No doubt about it, the multilingual and crossplatform OpenOffice.org is a compelling option for anyone in search of an alternative office suite.

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    4.3 stars

    out of 1,995 votes

    • 5 star: 1151
    • 4 star: 565
    • 3 star: 110
    • 2 star: 41
    • 1 star: 128
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 86 votes

    • 5 star: 48
    • 4 star: 23
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 5.0 stars

    "A brilliant alternative to Microsoft Office"

    March 31, 2008  |   By WheelerCub

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    One of my favorite downloads of all time. This software package comes with everything you need to open, edit, and save Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access files for free. Openoffice also lets you save your files in a number of MS formats including the .doc, .xls, .ppt, etc. But even better, in the File Menu, there is an option to convert your spreadsheets and documents into PDFs so that people can view and print them using Adobe Acrobat.

    Cons

    The menu system takes some getting used to because it is different than the ones found in Microsoft Office applications. The menu choices also have some different names, but it only makes sense due to licensing. Just take some time to get used to it and you should be fine.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Program set up exectly like Microsft Office"

    March 25, 2008  |   By jplarson1995

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    I like that this software is free and pretty simple to use. I would recomend to anyone who doesnt want to buy Microsoft Office.

    Cons

    One thing i noticed when trying to do a jeopardy game in the "Powerpoint" version of this software is that the hyperlinks dont work while doing the slideshow. So if you are planning on doing Jeopardy games with it, keep Microsoft Powerpoint.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Yet to use it"

    March 25, 2008  |   By Jayesh L Odedra

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    I have queries before I use Open Office Org. I wonder if the documents created in Trial versions of Microsoft office student edition 2007 (or professional edition 2007 - Trial Version) would continue to open with OpenOffice.org after the expiration of Trial Version? [Normally, the documents cannot be worked on expiry of the said Trial Version, and one is forced to buys the MS Office]

    Cons

    Yet to use it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good and it's for free"

    March 22, 2008  |   By toudai

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    Good replacement for microsoft office and has the option to save in any of the file formats necessary for microsoft office users to open them. Has a few things maybe which could improve but it's for free and more or less offers the same as office.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy and free"

    March 22, 2008  |   By nickb455

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    Can edit any kind of document under the sun!

    Easy to use.

    Opens documents quickly

    Cons

    Can be slow and cumbersome

    Lack of Impress themes, although you can download some and put them in yourself.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "better than microsoft works and will work with powerpoint"

    March 20, 2008  |   By Mr. T 45

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Cons

    it has a bug in which it crashes and you have to keep going to their recovery mode. waiting for bug to be corrected. Didn't have the problem before this version came out.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Definite Competitor With MS Office"

    March 20, 2008  |   By Subzidian

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    It has all the applications ms office has and, because its free, it doesnt matter that its not got every feature that ms office has.

    Great and - ONE CLICK TO PDF TRANSFER!! that means you can transfer your word files as PDF!

    You can open any ms office saved file on this software- whic is BRILLIANT!

    Cons

    nothing except over complicated controls.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A very great program with all the Office Word features...FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    March 17, 2008  |   By teseals

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    Very reliable program. For a "Free" product, you can't ask for anything more.

    Cons

    Nothing at this time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best thing in life are free"

    March 15, 2008  |   By artoodetoo

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    no marketing, no cost. generic brand but gets the job done.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I wished I would have found this sooner"

    March 13, 2008  |   By Shevot

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.3.1

    Pros

    This program is awesome and I don't say that lightly. I've had microsoft office 2003 and I have microsoft 2007 on my computer now, but I downloaded this just for trial after hearing so much about it, and I must say it is great. It is much like MS office 2003, and I actually prefer it to MS office 2007 because it is less complicated and works better for webpage designing. Best of all it is free and it is one of the best open source programs that I have used.

    Cons

    It doesn't have as many features as MS office 2007.

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