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Apache OpenOffice

By The Apache Software Foundation Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Apache OpenOffice

  • Take an open-source approach to office productivity
  • Last updated on 04/09/20
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Mac

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 14, 2014

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.7

  • Improvements: Adds support for AdoptOpenJDK as well as Oracle Java
  • Bug Fixes: Possible crash in Freetype code
  • Bug Fixes: Crash in Writer when linking frames on OS/2
  • Bug Fixes: Apache OpenOffice TM in Splash screen has different background

General

Release April 9, 2020
Date Added April 9, 2020
Version 4.1.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 7,847,486
Downloads Last Week 530
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Developer's Description

Apache OpenOffice is both an open-source product and a project. The product is a multiplatform office productivity suite. It includes desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager, and a drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to those of other office suites. Apache OpenOffice also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office. Localizations of Apache OpenOffice are available in 27 languages, with more being constantly added by the community. Apache OpenOffice runs on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL open-source protocols, Apache OpenOffice allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.