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OpenOffice is a free equivalent to Microsoft Office

Discussion in 'Computers' started by InMyImage, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. InMyImage

    InMyImage Geeky blip :) Staff Member

    Recently saw someone trying to share a Microsoft Excel worksheet with another person who does not have Microsoft Office or Word so they couldn't open the file.

    Thought I'd share a link for OpenOffice: http://www.openoffice.org/

    It is an open source productivity software suite that includes equivalents for:
    • Word --> Writer
    • Excel --> Calc
    • Power Point --> Impress
    • Approach --> Base
    • Visio --> Draw
    I've been using it for about 5 years now and it works great.
     
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  2. MoonLit_Water

    MoonLit_Water We All Shine On

    I'm a Mac user, and My former employer was not. I had to turn in Time Sheets, Expense Reports & various spread sheets & other work related documents. I could create using Open Office and send them along in a Windows friendly formant. I agree a great program.
     
  3. Bigdaddybrink1

    Bigdaddybrink1 Recovering Alcoholic blip

    You can also save open office docs, excel reports blah blah using MS Office extensions. I'm currently using OpenOffice.
     
  4. InMyImage

    InMyImage Geeky blip :) Staff Member

    Yep, I use OpenOffice on all my machines except for the kids computers for school but my daughter got a multi install license for MS Office through her school so it wasn't a big expense to install it on a couple of machines.
     
  5. TheWestPole

    TheWestPole A hit on Mr. Mitty

    If anybody has done a comparison between OpenOffice and LibreOffice lemmie know. Been weaning myself off of Windows and MS Office for a few years. I'm happy with LibreOffice which I started to use with my first Linux machines. Since then I have switched to LibreOffice on all operating systems.

    Wondering if I'm missing anything in passing over OpenOffice. Any comments on that?
     
  6. InMyImage

    InMyImage Geeky blip :) Staff Member

    A quick look confirmed my suspicion that LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice, similar to different flavors of Linux.

    Same core, different customizations and user experience. They even call the same components the same thing.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/187663/ope...hats-the-difference-and-which-should-you-use/