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Fantastic Free Cloud Apps, Part 8: OpenOffice
Published on Sep 27, 2011
Read our article, 'Fantastic Free Cloud Apps, Part 8: OpenOffice' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
When starting a small business, it’s only natural to want to have all the right tools to help you run a successful company. Although there are some tools that are definitely g oing to cost your company money, some won’t cost you a dime — especially if it’s software, more commonly referred to these days as apps.
When it comes to productivity apps, many Windows and Mac users think of Microsoft Office as a must have because it’s the industry standard. Even Mac users who use Apple’s iWork package (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) are happy to know that each of these apps can save files as their Microsoft counterpart, making it easy for them to send files to Microsoft Office users.
But, as a fledgling company, wouldn’t it be nice to use a free app that gives you the flexibility to save documents, spreadsheets and presentations as Microsoft Office files? The good news is that you can — with OpenOffice.
What is OpenOffice?
OpenOffice is self described as “the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.”
The three main components of the app are:
Since its inception, OpenOffice has been designed as one “piece” of software, giving it a high level of cohesion and consistency. Created in an open development process, it gives its users everything they desire in their office software because it’s been designed by the users themselves.
The program is a breeze to learn, and it’s available in many languages. One of the best features is that it will open your existing Microsoft Office files without any fuss.
No License Fees
The app can be used for any purpose, including commercial (business) use. Just install it on as many computers as you need to.
The OpenOffice Story
Primarily sponsored by Oracle, OpenOffice was founded in October, 2000. It was first released as a product in April of 2002. Their mission statement is, “to create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.”
There may be a time when you want all the bells and whistles of Microsoft Office or iWork. But until your business is turning a healthy profit, OpenOffice may just be the perfect free alternative to get you up to speed.
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