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Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

called Open Office, it works great.  The only problem is it doesn’t have the Outlook feature everyone is used too.  You’ll have to use something like Thunderbird.  That’s where it loses the main stream users.

On the technical side of things, the file format used by OpenOffice is called ODF – Open Document Format. This format is an international standard (ISO 26300) for document interoperability, which means that documents stored in this format wil be accessible in the future as the file format will not change from version to version as has happened with proprietary file formats in the past, thus making them challenging to read if the format is no longer supported by a more recent version of the software used to create the file.

Bottom line – if you’re tired of paying hundreds of dollars for your office productivity software, give a try.


October 30, 2009 - Posted by | Business, Open Source

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