While most of the media attention has swirled around
Microsoft Office over the years, there's another contender in the productivity
suite market that has many followers. OpenOffice.org has been around for quite
some time providing users with a competent freeware alternative to Microsoft.
Now just as we're getting close to RTM
for Office 2007, OpenOffice.org has released version 2.0.4 of its popular
application. There are a number of bug fixes with this release, many of which
you can view here.
To download the OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, you can use a traditional download
link or download it via BitTorrent.
If you may recall, Microsoft has in the past taken
plenty of pot shots at
OpenOffice.org saying that the program is largely outdated and that Office
2007 provides a superior platform for consumers and businesses. While that may
be true, many consumers don’t argue with “free” if it fits their needs.
quote: Everything Microsoft Office does above and beyond Open Office is fluff. Features for the accountant type or heavy duty document manager. The basic feature sets and everything that customers need to create documents has been around since WordPerfect for DOS.
quote: Then there is the problem that Open Office does something in it's base version that Microsoft Office needs a plugin for: Export to PDF.
quote: Office 2007 though changes the interface completely...
quote: Bottom line: Free is nice, and OpenOffice is more than enough for home users and students, but as soon as you want to actually do something, it's obvious what the choice is. Perhaps that's why MS makes all its money through volume licenses.