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Editors' Review

If you're looking for Microsoft-caliber applications for free, OpenOffice has alternatives to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and more. OpenOffice has come a long way after racing to improve its compatibility with Microsoft Office.

Pros

Free: The most significant feature of OpenOffice is that it's free -- no subscription fee, no lump sum, no upsell to a pro version. If your business needs don't include complex word-processing or database-management features, then OpenOffice is a bargain.

Compatibility: OpenOffice supports the same file formats as rival programs like Word and Excel. Those coming from Microsoft will be pleased to hear that Office files work in OpenOffice, too.

Function: For most basic uses, OpenOffice holds its own. Math allows you to create basic charts and cell-dependent calculations just like Excel, and most useful features from Microsoft Word also appear in Writer, including spell checkers and most text-formatting options.

Cons

Not for heavy Excel users: Expert spreadsheet manipulators will find it hard to live without compatibility with Visual Basic for Applications, especially if your macro functions depend on Microsoft's environment.

Poor presentations: If you create the most basic of presentations, Impress will suffice. But PowerPoint holds a large lead when it comes to variety in designs, templates, transitions, and collaborative features. Though OpenOffice can open PowerPoint files, don't expect the transitional effects to import.

Bottom Line

Apache OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office: The question isn't which suite has better features (that's Microsoft's), but rather whether the open-source suite has enough features for your work. Microsoft offers affordable pricing for Office 365, a subscription model that puts Office on just about every device you can imagine. But if you're looking to save a few bucks and don't need all the fancy support of Office, then OpenOffice's core offerings will get the job done.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.6

  • Fixed bugs which caused improper handling (crashes) when using Microsoft Drawing Binary File format
  • Updated OpenSSL to version 0.9.8zh
  • Updated curl library used from version 7.19.7 to 7.61.1
  • Save As ... Docbook now works correctly for Windows 7 and Windows 10
  • Updated logos

General

Publisher The Apache Software Foundation
Publisher web site http://httpd.apache.org/
Release Date November 18, 2018
Date Added November 19, 2018
Version 4.1.6

Category

Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista
Additional Requirements

Download Information

File Size 134.79MB
File Name Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.6_Win_x86_install_en-US.exe

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Total Downloads 7,769,873
Downloads Last Week 1,833

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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