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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    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 46 votes

    • 5 star: 25
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Top notch for a freebie"

    October 6, 2008  |   By Slowride5551

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    This will do what your average user will need it to do and unlike MS Office, this one is free. File created with it can also be opened/used with MS office too.

    Cons

    nothing not to like.

    Summary

    Great program. Cost is ziltch. What more do you want?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect for everybody"

    October 5, 2008  |   By marius.marcus

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    Perfect office suite

    Cons

    Nothing to comment

    Summary

    It beats Microsoft Office

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fantastic program and it is FREE"

    October 3, 2008  |   By alburyants

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    it is so easy to use and great for all people including businesses, fantastic program thanks guys

    Cons

    they could fix the table setup in writer.

    Summary

    get this one and loose ms office.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "seems just like microsoft word so far"

    October 1, 2008  |   By jlr5483

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    free program that offers the functionality of pricey microsoft word

    Cons

    none so far

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FREE??????????"

    September 13, 2008  |   By captjack955

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    Not Sure,it didn't download

    Cons

    Same as pros it didn't download

    Summary

    When I came to Downloads.com and started looking for the free download I didn't find it under some of the most downloaded products as I thought I would, but I did find it and I hit the download now button and I got A thank you for downloading message but It DID NOT download so I tried it again and again I got the same things but still no download, so then I went to the site openoffice.org and started the FREE download only to find you have to pay for A membership! so I went and downloaded the free trial of windows office 2007, if anyone knows where I can find A TRUELY FREE download of openoffice please let me know thank you captjack955atyahoo.com

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Likely the best office suite I've ever used."

    September 12, 2008  |   By Geistwulf

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    Opens nearly all document formats, can export directly as PDF, Open Document Format is found in many other suites, very customizable.

    Cons

    Help reminder pops up too frequently when first used.

    Summary

    I like OpenOffice.org for its ability to open nearly any document format currently in use, and its ability to export in them. The controls are easy to understand and can be hidden easily, and the help is very in-depth, with helpful suggestions for what you're trying to do. All in all, a very good suite for users ranging from home/school (myself) through "power users" in most any office environment.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Software Suite"

    September 11, 2008  |   By Datalyss

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    Easy to use, compatible with MS Office, and totally free.

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too hard to use."

    September 8, 2008  |   By RodFive

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    It allows me to use my old dBase III+ files.

    Cons

    I can input a "dBase III+" file but can't use it. I have written few programs to view categories and print only the fields I want. This software says I can input dBase files but I can't get it to do anything with it. Can't even view a file!

    Summary

    I haven't read the "help" file yet. I expected to run the program by instinct because I am familure with enough other stuff that can be picked-up easily. Like after programming enough VCRs that you can do so with a brand never seen before. This database program doesn't have that "user-friendly" feel a lot of other software of today's market does. If new programs are too different to operate than others of the same genre the new version is not worth the improvements because you have to learn EVERYTHING all-over again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent alternative to MS."

    September 7, 2008  |   By smccuan

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    Excellent open source software.

    Cons

    Not completely perfect compatibility w/ Word formats, but very close.

    Summary

    Great product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it did not work"

    September 4, 2008  |   By rjbrough

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 2.4.1

    Pros

    No pros yet

    Cons

    I downloaded it twice from the official site, & after a couple of hours, they did not open. something about a virus.
    I dont think it switched over to CNET.

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