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Apache OpenOffice

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OpenOffice 2

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.

December 7, 2005

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Office, iWork, Drive, and OpenOffice: Which productivity suite is right for you?

You have several software options when you need to create a document or build a slideshow. We help you figure out which one best fits your needs.

By March 28, 2014


Oracle 'donates' OpenOffice to Apache foundation

Oracle cedes control of the OpenOffice.org code base to the Apache Software Foundation Incubator project.

By June 1, 2011


OpenOffice's 3.0 release temporarily closes site

Downloading for OpenOffice.org's new suite is in high demand.

By October 13, 2008


Oracle bypassed: Programmers fork OpenOffice

OpenOffice.org fans strike out on their own with the Document Foundation and LibreOffice--without Oracle's backing.

By September 28, 2010


Does OpenOffice's speed even matter?

The open-source productivity suite of applications has its problems. Speed of performance is far from the most prominent, when you think of its Web-based rivals.

By May 28, 2008


Are Microsoft Office and OpenOffice irrelevant?

The office suite is a relic of a bygone age--one that may not amount to billions in Microsoft profits for much longer.

By March 30, 2010


OpenOffice's apparent mission creep

OpenOffice can't even effectively battle Microsoft Office. Why would it even think of taking on Outlook?

By October 14, 2007


When choice is bad: The OpenOffice ribbon

The answer shouldn't always be "Make it a choice!" Good design is often (indeed is usually) about constraining choice rather than expanding it.

By August 10, 2009


Prototype OpenOffice.org gets ribboned

Sun experiments with the ribbon user interface with the popular OpenOffice.org office software suite.

By August 6, 2009