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Tired of Giving Microsoft MORE MONEY?

October 15, 2008

Why not try out the just-released OpenOffice.org Version 3.0?

  • It’s a full-featured Office Suite that is fully compatible with documents created in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (including the newer .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx formats)
  • It’s FREE!
  • It works in Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX (Intel and PPC), and Linux
  • It’s FREE!!
  • It also supports version 1.2 of the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF).  Microsoft Office does not.
  • It’s FREE!!!
  • and much, MUCH MORE!!!
  • (it’s free)

Infomercial over.  At the time of this writing, their servers were so bogged down by people rushing to download it that they reduced their main page to plain text on a white background.  Anyone who remembers trying to download Firefox 3.0 on the day it was released will appreciate the ingenuity of this solution, as you can at least get to the download (even if it’s not pretty).  Also because of the heavy server load, download speeds are basically at a crawl (getting around 10 KB/s right now).

Speaking from personal experience, OpenOffice has actually helped me on several occasions as it strives to include features that are not available in Microsoft Office (for example, in the past it was things like being able to publish a document to PDF natively, though MS Office now includes this feature).  There were also some times where MS Office could not open one of its own documents (said there was corruption), but OpenOffice was able to open and save the document (saving the person I was helping HOURS of re-creating the document).

I have not been paid or in any way rewarded for telling you about this amazing product.

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