OpenOffice 2.4 Released is the leading open-source office software suite, sponsored by Sun Microsystems, for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computer operating systems including Windows, Linux and Apple OS X. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. It can also open and save files in Microsoft Office format too although it’s not the default.

If you are a home user and you’re wondering where to get £300 odd smackers for a copy of Microsoft Office, you might want to swing by the OpenOffice website and download your freebie.

If you are a business user with limited legacy Microsoft Office integration that would be expensive to replace, then this is a really good option for you too. Do the aggregate maths on license costs on this versus Microsoft Office.

I use Microsoft Office 2007 in work and at home on my Windows machines, I run Microsoft Office 2004 on my Mac, but am also running OpenOffice on my OpenSuse Linux boxes. Have been messing with OpenOffice since it’s first release. It’s really good alternative to Microsoft Office on a standalone level.

Where this falls down a bit is whenever it comes to integration into document management systems. Obviously Microsoft Office glues together with SharePoint like… well like glue… but OpenOffice doesn’t really have a dedicated server counterpart… not so great for business from that perspective…

Anyway… lots of nice new features in this version…

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