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.You may find that the database being shipped with Open Office (ver.2 and higher) delights you as much as it has me. Forget anything you may have heard about Adabas, which came with Star Office, the commercial version of Open Office 1. With most browsers, pressing plus, minus or zero while the control key (ctrl) is held down will change the texts size. I did the 2.x to 3.0 upgrade 28 November 2008, and the 3.0 to 3.1 sometime before 7/09. The latest was on 12 Oct 10, on a Windows XP system, from 3.1.0 to 3.2.0, UK English. A few details from the October 2010 upgrade: My "Start Menu" retained the old "Open Office 3.1" folder, but it was empty.The current Open Office's database, "Base", aka "oo Base", is unrelated. Big organizations, government and civilian, are adopting it as their standard office suite... (Enlarge, reduce, restore to default, respectively.) (This is more fully explained, and there's another tip, at my Power Browsing page.) Page contents © TK Boyd, Sheepdog Software ®, 11/08-11/10. A new folder, "Open Office 3.2" was created with the shortcuts I would need. After I had the new version up and running, I went to "Tools"/ "Extension Manager" and did "Check for Updates".The Apache Open Office project announces the official release of version 4.1.6.In the Release Notes you can read about all new bugfixes, improvements and languages.
Apache Open Office is developed 100% by volunteers.Apache does not pay for developers, for translators, for QA, for marketing, for UI, for support, etc.Of course, we're happy to accept donations to the Apache Software Foundation, to keep our servers runnings and for similar overhead expenses.While I was confident that the upgrade would go well because of earlier experiences with Open Office, any time you make changes to a computer, you can come out of the attempt with a dead machine. ) (In October, 2010, when I went for an upgrade, I was offered a "GB" (British) version... (And that came with a US dictionary as well as the British dictionary.One that won't do the new things yet, but will not do what it did before anymore, either. Within a document, you can set individual paragraphs to use either.