If you are on the lookout for a viable alternative to Microsoft Office, you would do well to consider This open-source product is an office productivity suite that can be installed on a number of different platforms. The product includes familiar desktop applications like a top class word processor, a presentation manager, a spreadsheet, and a drawing application. The user interface of OpenOffice, along with its extensive feature set, make it broadly similar to MS Office and other such products. is also effective in dealing with a raft of file formats; these include all those generated by Microsoft Office. offers support for a whopping 27 languages, with even more languages constantly being added to the product. can be installed on the following platforms: Solaris, Windows, and Linux (incl. PPC Linux). The program, which is written in C++, has a documented API, which is licensed through the SISSL, and LGPL protocols, which are both open-source. is deliberately designed to allow any developer with the necessary knowledge to modify it.

What’s new in version 3.4.1: Support introduced for British English, Finnish, and Khmer languages; fixed cleanup of extensions; automatic check for updates now enabled as default.

Operating System:  Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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Last updated May 20, 2014

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