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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Oracle cedes control of the OpenOffice.org code base to the Apache Software Foundation Incubator project.
OpenOffice and LibreOffice are great, but they can feel a little bloated, especially on startup. If you're on Windows and want a lighter-weight office suite, check out Kingsoft Office Suite. You can do most everything that Microsoft Office offers but with less of a footprint.
OpenOffice.org fans strike out on their own with the Document Foundation and LibreOffice--without Oracle's backing.
The office suite is a relic of a bygone age--one that may not amount to billions in Microsoft profits for much longer.
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The answer shouldn't always be "Make it a choice!" Good design is often (indeed is usually) about constraining choice rather than expanding it.
Microsoft, not content with 95 percent of the office productivity market, appears to want to take an additional few percentage points from OpenOffice.
Programmers gave Oracle's OpenOffice a good code-scrubbing to build the LibreOffice 3.3 offshoot. Expect more visible changes with 3.4 later this year.