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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


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


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


Microsoft seeks to take crumbs from OpenOffice

Microsoft, not content with 95 percent of the office productivity market, appears to want to take an additional few percentage points from OpenOffice.

By July 22, 2009


Does OpenOffice have 11 million active U.S. users?

The open-source productivity suite hasn't made much of a dent in Microsoft's Office business, but it's finding serious penetration in the States, according to a ClickStream study.

By March 13, 2009


Sun: OpenOffice still a 'great international effort'

Development projects are underway to improve performance issues in the open source project, which remains a strong focus within the community, says exec.

By March 5, 2009


Why is OpenOffice "profoundly sick"?

By retaining too much corporate control over OpenOffice, Sun is inhibiting its development.

By December 30, 2008


OpenOffice's 3.0 release temporarily closes site

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

By October 13, 2008