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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:

    4.3 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "i did not use the product yet not easy to summarize."

    February 23, 2010  |   By jacknomad40

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    if it is more features than the precedent it must be fantastic!

    Cons

    probably the easy way to familiarize with!

    Summary

    not to be worry i will come back!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "If its FREE, then it's for me!"

    March 11, 2009  |   By drbray

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    Compatible with MS Office!

    Cons

    None that come to mind!

    Summary

    Why pay over $250.00 for MS Office, especially public school students, when they can get Open Office and use that money for supplies or clothes for their school year!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what I need from it.+"

    March 6, 2009  |   By old daddy

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    Compatible w/ MS-

    Cons

    no cons I can think of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent alternative to MS office"

    February 1, 2009  |   By SoccerDave

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    Excellent office suite, free, as good as MS Office,

    Cons

    Nothings really to complain about amazing that they can offer this for free!

    Summary

    Has all the function of MS office without all the extras that no one needs and is completely free, being using it for 2 or 3 years now and recommend it to all my friends and family, the cost of MS office always shocks me especially when you can get a fully functional office suite as good as MS office for free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Not using because it is free but because it is BETTER."

    January 30, 2009  |   By bhurlburt

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    Full featured - correction - RIGHT featured Office Suite
    Fully cross platform across the technologies I use regularly - Windows and Linux
    Attractive interface
    Solid performance
    Fully compatible with current standard which is of course MS Office

    Cons

    After weeks of use, on Windows and Linux, I can find virtually nothing I consider a Con with OpenOffice 3

    Summary

    I have used OpenOffice for a number of years now. In most cases it has been a reasonable substitute for MS Office and it was free and downloadable when I needed it.

    With the advent of version 3, it has become my preferred Office Suite of choice. Period. Even if it was not free.

    Where MS Office has gone off the deep end of function and features that were not needed of even desired, OpenOffice has stuck with the what the user community is familiar with and has just continued to be better and better at what it does.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great product I love it"

    January 27, 2009  |   By master_mind413

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    couldn't use word perfect because we couldn't afford it open office converted my documents right over to its format open office is entirely universal every file type you can imagine with the works of the best in the industry

    Cons

    I haven't really found any Ive used this product for over a 2 month period at least twice a week and i haven't found any flaws at all

    Summary

    it is a huge money saver has the options that make the payed for applications look like greedy, it is free and has the works allows me to continue my work with less money going out now if they can do this to word perfect whats stopping them from an improved windows vista ?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Arranged & Easy"

    January 25, 2009  |   By mamundnj

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    This is the best office suite with neat & clean interface and much arranged than MS Office (especially MSWord)

    Cons

    Interface color is pale.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy Fantastic"

    January 23, 2009  |   By sureshdevanahalli

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    Easy to navigate, Fantastic , Free

    Cons

    Too many extensions... choosing the right one will take a lot of time

    Summary

    The Open Office is a wonderful office suite which is amazingly easy to use & navigate. The menus & toolbars are simple & powerful . Moreover, Its free, the extensions that come along with it is simply marvellous as it caters to various segments... Unlimited resources....meeting the unlimited user demands..........

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great free software"

    January 23, 2009  |   By donatello77

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    easy to use, pdf converter,

    Cons

    i havent experienced any cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good program easy to use"

    January 22, 2009  |   By Kryssel

    Version: OpenOffice.org (Windows) 3.0.1 RC1 beta

    Pros

    Very easy to use and has all the features one could want and more. you have a lot of different opportunities for saving your document in different formats. It's easy to learn cause it has almost the same interfase as Microsoft office

    Cons

    haven't found a thing that I can say for cons

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