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Review for Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office Suite, often employed by small businesses and those on a budget. It's a full suite application, including everything an office might need: word processor, graphic creation, presentations, spreadsheets through an Excel-like program, and a database generator. While this program is not exactly like Microsoft Office, it does stand on its own as a formidable competitor.

One of the first differences is the file type produces. Unlike the standard .doc format, OpenOffice produces .odt, .ott, .oth, and .odm files. However, it can open all of these files, as well as the standard extensions produced by most other programs. Some formatting changes will occur when opening a .doc file in OpenOffice, so be prepared for that.

The spreadsheet application, arguably the most important one for businesses, works much like Microsoft Excel. However, it feels more like an earlier version of the application than anything else; while the customization levels are acceptable, they still seem to lag behind more modern iterations of spreadsheet creation. Some features might create a bit of tedium for the user, but it will work fine for almost all uses.

Experienced users of the Microsoft Office Suite should have no problem adapting to OpenOffice's interface. The learning curve is not steep at all, and while some adjustment is going to be necessary, it should take no more than a few days to become equally as proficient. However, the documentation and help files for OpenOffice are geared towards those with an understanding of technical systems, making it difficult to use for the non-tech savvy. This likely stems from its origins as an open source platform and is something the program is rapidly working to improve on.

The entire application is just 127 MB in size. It works best for XP and Vista operating systems. While it has been used successfully on Windows 7, it has not yet been adapted for use with Windows 8. Currently on version 4.1, users can expect to see OpenOffice making the transition to newer OS in the future. All in all, it's a suitable alternative to Microsoft Office, especially given the price. Despite the fact that it lacks some of the functionality Office has, the $0 price tag makes a few sacrifices well worth it. In the end, you should ask yourself whether the program has enough features to work for your business, rather than if it is better than another product.



July 21, 2014, by Sondra J.
Stanisław on Oct 14 2014
I have been useing that program for many years starting of """"Open Office No 2.0"""". Now I use 4.1.1 edition and I do not need any other office suite. Many thanks for very good product.
W. R. Garris, Jr. on Nov 29 2014
This is a good office program that will allow you to open Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files. Libre Office is a better program but takes a long time to install and also offers a Linux version.
gary on Feb 23 2015
Like they said above it is a great product everyone has done a fantastic job Opens every thing I've tried to include pdf files Thank you
DCMt on Apr 11 2015
I would be using Open Office instead of MS Office except that I got the latter for ~&10.00 through a program by MS and my employer (& many others), a very large outfit. It took about two hours to install it, including the time it took to search online for the discount.
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