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OpenOffice.org 3 Times as Good?

OpenOffice.org has opened a lot of eyes to open source. I've fiddled with it and was surprised at how robust an essentially free application can be. My only beef is that in an effort to be an alternative to Microsoft, it's almost Microsoft Office. It's big, complex and not exactly fun.

Meanwhile, Office is maintaining the kind of market share that would make my local electric company proud.

OpenOffice.org gets a lot of backing from Sun, which just released OpenOffice.org 3. This new release includes better multi-page document viewing, the ability to import Office 2007 files (but not export them back) and native Mac OS X support.

What do you like and hate about OpenOffice.org? Is it too much like Office, or not enough? Votes counted at dbarney@redmondmag.com -- and you don't even have to register.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/20/2008 at 1:16 PM


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