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What is OpenOffice ? – 100 % Free Office Software Suite

OpenOffice is an absolutely free office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and other modules. OpenOffice functionality is very similar to popular  Microsoft Office or Lotus SmartSuite. It is 100% alternative to the Microsoft Office (MS Office), which can be used for any purpose.

Microsoft Office Compatibility

OpenOffice is compatible with Microsoft Office and able to read, write Microsoft Office files. You can open and save Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint files using OpenOffice in Windows, Linux and Solaris.


OpenOffice stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages including Microsoft Office. OpenOffice can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose – domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. You may install it on as many computers as you like.

OpenOffice.org was originally derived from commercial product StarOffice. StarOffice is a value-added version of OpenOffice.org. StarOffice and OpenOffice are designed for compatibility with outside programs and are able to work with all but the most complex documents created in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications for Mac OS X, based on the OpenOffice.org office suite.

OpenOffice Operating system compatibility

OpenOffice run on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD, OpenVMS, OS/2 and IRIX. OpenOffice.org expands this availability by offering ports to Mac OS X, FreeBSD, and HP-UX.

OpenOffice Component Modules

  • Writer – A word processor similar in functionality to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect
  • Calc – A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3
  • Impress – A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote
  • Base – A database management program similar to Microsoft Access
  • Draw – A vector graphics editor and diagramming tool, similar to Microsoft Visio
  • Math – A tool for creating and editing mathematical formula, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor


Visit OpenOffice.org download page to download Free office software suite similar to MS Office.

Open Office Alternatives

Alternatives to Open Office are KOffice and Gnome Office.

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  • Dido July 8, 2009, 8:48 am

    You may try SSuite Office for a free office suite. They have a whole range of office suites that are free for download that will meet all your demands. Their software also don’t need to run on Java or .NET, so it makes the software very small and efficient.

  • Tracy July 24, 2009, 7:40 am

    I checked out your recommendation Dido. What a great find!

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