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Apache is the free open-source productivity suite that rivals Microsoft's Office suite, the business world's standard. is compatible with most Office documents and many other file types. Like Office, it's a collection of powerful tools, but you don't have to install all its modules. The latest version of supports Windows 8.

The installer's custom option lets users choose which Program Modules to install from Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress, Base, and Math, plus shared Optional Components. During setup, we chose to make our default program for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. comes with a lot of support in the form of Help files and other documentation as well as a huge community of users and developers. And, while its tools aren't Office clones, users who are familiar with Word, Excel, and other Office tools will find their counterparts easy to understand.

Clicking the icon produced a quick-start page that let us open documents, spreadsheets, formulas, and databases. We started with a new document in Writer, the suite's word processor. We quickly created a document and clicked Save to see our options. Writer offered 12 choices, including its proprietary ODF file format (.odt) as well as four Word standards, HTML, text, text encoded, and rich text. Not every format is completely compatible, though. Nevertheless, Writer offers as much as any top word processor. Impress is a presentation wizard, while Draw is a capable graphics editor. Calc is's Excel-compatible spreadsheet tool, and Base generates and accesses databases via the Database Wizard. Math is one of's advantages over Office: it's a standalone equation editor that can also insert formulas as objects into Writer.

One thing lacks that Office has is an integrated e-mail client like Outlook. But is compatible with a wide range of e-mail clients, including Mozilla Thunderbird, which many users recommend for use with the suite. Still, count us among those who'd like a fully integrated e-mail client. In any case, it's hard to find fault with anything does, especially since every bit of it is free.

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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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