As vtiger is open source and we help business owners to automate their business operations on vtiger, we have felt the need to support open source applications and use them more extensively in our daily work lives.

Here is more on Open Office…….

Once upon a time, nonprofits that wanted a powerful, useful-friendly word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation package were faced with limited options: Microsoft Office or…ahem…Microsoft Office. But over time, an open-source alternative, OpenOffice.org, has become increasingly popular, making it a viable, affordable option for organizations seeking a productivity suite.

Open-Source software like Open-Office is developed collaboratively, often by volunteers, and freely distributed, allowing anyone to use, redistribute, adapt, or improve the code — all free of charge.Open-source applications often cost nothing. Open-Office is free.Updates to open-source applications also cost nothing. As an open-source product, Open-Office updates are also free. You can do what you like with open-source code. You can study Open-Office and adapt it to your needs. You can improve the program or build something completely new with it and release your changes to the public.

Open Office is from Apache foundation. Open-source has code beyond a company. Because its source code is available to all, Open-Office is not solely dependent on its current crop of developers and current corporate sponsor. If all these people were to disappear, the code would still exist and other people could pick of the project. The same is not always true for closed-source, commercial projects.

Download Apache Open Office from here http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/stable/3.4.1/Apache_OpenOffice_incubating_3.4.1_Win_x86_install_en-US.exe/download or any similar reliable source.

Features:

Open-Office contains a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor(Math), and a database management application (Base).

Open-Office’s default file format is the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an ISO/IEC standard. It can also read a wide variety of other file formats, with particular attention to those from Microsoft Office.The majority of OpenOffice.org developers have moved to LibreOffice.

A word processor analogous to Microsoft Word is WordPerfect. It can export Portable Document Format (PDF) files, and can function as a basic WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages.

 

Compatibility:

Open-Office 3 offers better support for older computers than the latest version of Microsoft Office. For instance, Office 2010 notes its minimum spec is a Pentium 700MHz with 512 MB of RAM, while Open-Office lists 256 MB of RAM (although 512 MB RAM is recommended). While Office 2010 requires Windows 7, XP, or Vista to run fully, Open-Office will run on Windows 2000 or 2003. What’s more, Open-Office will run under Linux, and Linux runs much more effectively on old computers than Windows 7 or XP. This makes Linux and Open-Office a practical combination even on older computers, especially those that require few other applications (as you might find in a public computer lab setting.)

While Open-Office is said to run a bit slower, particularly when opening up complex documents in Microsoft’s proprietary formats, the difference is negligible if you’ve purchased your computer in the last couple of years.

Security:

Microsoft Office and Open-Office are both reasonably secure as long as you follow standard security procedures: install updates and patches as soon as they’re released; maintain firewalls, antivirus, and antispyware; and so on. However, while Open-Office let everyone know about possible security issues (allowing users to protect themselves and hackers to potentially exploit issues), Microsoft keeps security issues close to the vest — possibly preventing hackers from finding out about them, but also forestalling users’ ability to take protective measures beyond the standard security updates Microsoft provides automatically. It’s like the dilemma that arises each time police officers are faced with a serial killer: Should they alert people and possibly make them move on to another community, or should they keep their investigation quiet and zero in on the guy? There are strong arguments for both approaches.

 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice

 

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