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Free office suite reaches milestone release

OpenOffice.org developers have put the finishing touches on their productivity software suite, which provides people and businesses with an alternative to Microsoft's Office suite. The free OpenOffice uses the same code base as the StarOffice software for which Sun Microsystems charges a fee. OpenOffice.org 1.0, available now, includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics and other applications. It is the result of 18 months of collaboration between Sun developers and more than 10,000 volunteer developers, a venture that began when Sun donated the StarOffice code to the open-source, or "free software," community. The latest release of StarOffice, version 6.0, is expected to arrive in a few weeks. ZDNet U.K.'s Matthew Broersma reported from London. To read the full story, visit ZDNet U.K.

OpenOffice.org developers have put the finishing touches on their productivity software suite, which provides people and businesses with an alternative to Microsoft's Office suite. The free OpenOffice uses the same code base as the StarOffice software for which Sun Microsystems charges a fee.

OpenOffice.org 1.0, available now, includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics and other applications. It is the result of 18 months of collaboration between Sun developers and more than 10,000 volunteer developers, a venture that began when Sun donated the StarOffice code to the open-source, or "free software," community. The latest release of StarOffice, version 6.0, is expected to arrive in a few weeks.

ZDNet U.K.'s Matthew Broersma reported from London.

To read the full story, visit ZDNet U.K.