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OpenOffice September 3, 2008

Posted by K in Uncategorized.

A recent Java update told me I could download something called OpenOffice. So I did. It seems to be an alternative to MS Office, and it’s completely free. Which makes me wonder…why on earth would anyone spend a bomb when OpenOffice is accessible to everyone?



1. ish - September 4, 2008

OpenOffice is cool, I’ve heard. But it’s not that popular. And not that user friendly either. Why do you think people spend a bomb on Windows when they can have a free Linux CD delivered to their home?

2. sporadicblogger - September 4, 2008

I dunno about Linux, never been near it 😀

But since I downloaded OpenOffice 2.4, I checked out the equivalents of word,excel and powerpoint, and they’re pretty good! It is quite similar to the MS Office stuff, and I didn’t feel handicapped at any point 🙂 I would recommend it to anybody who is looking to buy Office but can’t/won’t pay for it 🙂

3. aa - September 4, 2008

no one spends anything on microsoft in this country. well maybe the cost of blank cdr but that’s it.

4. yaamyn - September 5, 2008

True, aa.

But then, why go for an illegal – and, shall I say, unethical (proprietary!) – product like MS Office when you get all that and more in an Open Source Alternative? :p

OpenOffice is quite easy to use, I strongly recommend it!

btw, welcome back sporadicblogger.

5. aa - September 5, 2008

there’s nothing unethical about microsoft getting screwed

6. Rajat Arora - September 5, 2008

Well, Open Office is good! I use it all the time, even in Windows. It gives me great satisfaction that OpenOffice is open source, and is free to use. Except Windows, almost all the software loaded in my PC is either legitimate or open source.
By the way, if you don’t want to use Open Office, don’t want to pay for Microsoft Office, and have a steady internet connection, then you might want to check out online office suites, like Google Docs, Zoho Smart Office, and ThinkFree. They do their job very well!

7. anonymouse - September 5, 2008

Meh. OOo user here for a few years.

Did you discover the once click PDF feature yet?

Also try this:
open a new spreadsheet
type in any cell


8. aa - September 5, 2008

using anything other than the ms dos editor and notepad is gay anyway

9. anonymouse - September 6, 2008

aa, if you really want to argue, vi.

If you want to invoke the kitchen sink, remember to do the dishes.

10. wild iris - September 6, 2008

good question.

11. sporadicblogger - September 7, 2008

Yaamyn- Thanks 🙂 And thanks for continuing to read this blog!

Rajat- Hello. 🙂 The problem with online office suits is that they can only be used online…so for file transfers etc, they become a problem, but yes, as a third option, it’s brilliant..

anonymouse- Nope…one click pdf? Will try it out. I’ve only tried out the basics, so far (and played with the slice of orange background 😛 )

12. anonymouse - September 8, 2008

Anyway, to give a serious answer to your question:

The only thing capable of handling complex, large MS Office format documents is MS Office. MS Office uses a proprietary document format, which isn’t fully supported by OOo.

While the need for such complex documents is restricted to a fairly small set of people, anyone dealing with those people needs to have MS Office (because MS Office doesn’t write to the standard ODF format), thus building up a chain of people who need it.

13. aa - September 11, 2008


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