Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Open Office: The Best Microsoft Office Alternative

Are you tired of paying for Microsoft Office every 2 years? Are you tired of dealing with their bugs? Do you wish there was an alternative? Do wish the alternative was free?

Good news everyone, there is a great alternative called Open Office sponsored by the fine folks at Sun. Open Office contains a Word, Access, Excel, Power Point, Visio, and Math alternative, which is 100% backwards compatible and inter-operable with Microsoft and StarWriter products. Open Office operates on all versions of Windows, Macintosh, and Linux Operating Systems.

 Use OpenOffice.org

I used Open Office's Writer to create a 100 page report for my Graduate course. I originally started writing the report in Microsoft Word, but it would take about a minute and half just to add a new picture. I got frustrated, and decided to try Open Office. It worked flawlessly and achieved reliability and speed statistics that Microsoft products could only dream about achieving.

At first I was a bit skeptical. Was Open Office Writer really 100% compatible with Microsoft Word? Yes. I had a group member on this particular project who would edit this same report with Microsoft Word. We must have bounced this report back and forth a hundreds of times, and there was absolutely no issues.

I also had the pleasure of testing Open Office's Impress, which is the Power Point equivalent. Again, my group member and I bounced that Power Point file between Microsoft and Open Office 10 or so times and it never had an issue!

I have not had a chance to test drive Base (Access Database equivalent) or Calc (Excel equivalent), but I am pretty sure that these programs would have no inter-operable issues with their Microsoft equivalents.

This is great news crapateers! We are no longer slaves to Microsoft for our office and productivity needs. Open Office is here, it's 100% free, and it is not going away.

Open Office: A+++ (Download)

Note: You might have to use Firefox to download Open Office. My friend tried using Internet Explorer and it told him that Open Office contained a virus. You also might have to install Java JRE. Don't worry Firefox, Java, and Open Office are all 100% free and are much better than their Microsoft equivalents.

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Blogger Dizzy Dezzi said...

I have been using Open Office for a number of years and in fact love it a whole lot more than I ever liked Microsoft Word.

I use it to design my business cards, posters and excel datasheets for my karaoke business.

I don't think I have ever had an issue with Java JRE, but I have been using OpenOffice for years, so maybe I just never noticed.

2/21/2007 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

It really is a great product. After using it for a couple of days, I was ready to uninstall Microsoft Office. My wife objected and it remains on the old hard drive. Sadly, she still uses Internet Explorer too. Sigh.

I think for most people the Jave JRE won't be an issue. Almost everyone has it installed on their OS.

2/21/2007 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

have had it for a while. i don't use it that much- but i feel strongly that open source is the way to go anyway. not because i am cheap- but because it simply performs better.

2/21/2007 06:00:00 PM  

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