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April 01, 2008
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Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
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Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Java Runtime Environment 1.4 (included)

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A credible rival to MS Office, 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 is a compelling option for anyone in search of an alternative office suite.

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  • 2 stars

    "WARNING: contains browser hijacker, Rocket find"

    July 15, 2014   |   By Seeker-451

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0


    Would like to be able to find the positive, but it has put up a flurry of pop-ups preventing any analysis.


    Hijacks your browser. Rocket Browser! (Yeah, heh heh heh!) Forces Rocket Find (Some actually list this as a virus) . Use web search to find how to uninstall Rocket Find. The Rocket Find may simply be a "feature" added by CNET. (thanks guys!)


    FUN FUN FUN. Made me some money completely removing all the browser hijacker and spyware files for PC clients. Apache OpenOffice is great for business ;)

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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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