MS Office? We don’t need no stinkin MS Office!

While it is true that the collection of programs in Microsoft Office are the most used programs at home and work, there are alternatives. Most people only use Microsoft Word and Excel in rudimentary ways. Do you really need all the bells and whistles that Microsoft Office offers? Sure they would be nice, but when the student version of Microsoft Office sells for $130, a FREE program might be worth a try.

OpenOffice.org, the product, is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS.

In order to currently run OpenOffice.org, you need the X11 environment installed on you Mac. The installation for X11 can be found on the DVD that comes with your Mac. Put the first disc in and look under optional installs. Another advantage OpenOffice .org currently enjoys over Microsoft Office , besides price, is that it offers an Intel Native version that runs on the newset Macs. This allows OpenOffice.org to run much faster than Microsoft Office, because Microsoft Office has to run under Rosetta emulation which slows Microsoft Office performance down.

OpenOffice.org Website
OpenOffice.org Website

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