Take an open-source approach to office productivity.
OpenOffice 2, the freeware version of Sun Microsystems StarOffice 8, is a great deal for home and small-businesses users who don't mind browsing online forums for tech support. But enterprise users are better served by StarOffice 8.
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It's still free, thank goodness, but I'm not loving certain changes to the company's model.
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Surprise! It IS Kingsoft Office, just with a new name, new features, and plenty of other goodies designed to make you forget Microsoft's suite.
Newest release of open source suite comes as LibreOffice now claims 80 million active users around the world.
Mobile editing app Quickoffice, which lets you open and edit Google Docs and Microsoft Office files, is no more.