Now I know I use Microsoft as my primary office software, and probably always will, but when OpenOffice 3 was released I had to get my hands on a copy.
So, despite the massive problems OpenOffice have been having with their site (huge traffic), I managed to get my download of the 150MB file.
Well its installed fine, and I opened it up, and the new interface is fantastic! It’s brought Open Office in to 2008 rather than 2000! There are several new features that have also been added, including docx support and other important features.
Grab a copy at OpenOffice.org (They are currently having problems with server overload at the time of writing – you may not get the full download first time).
For me, it’s always been Microsoft Office. Only because I’ve had it ever since I started with computers and I’m too used to having all the features.
However, for some people it might be a great alternative to spending hard earned cash on Microsoft.
OpenOffice is basically just an opensource free version of Microsoft’s Office. It does most of the things that Microsoft’s does, but its totally free. Admittedly it doesn’t look as nice as Office 2007, but for people who are reluctant to spend money and need a decent office suite, this is perfect!
It’s available for Windows, Linux, Mac and many other distrobutions too. And with OpenOffice 3.0 coming around the corner, it may well become even better. OpenOffice 3.0 Release Candidate 2 is available for download now here – so if you like trying software, do so. You might well find it’s better for you altogether.