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OpenOffice has all the tools, at the right price

Reviewers ChoiceIf you’re looking for a robust office suite that is professional and lacks any kind of bells and whistles, look no further than OpenOffice 3.2. Priced at nothing, free, zilch, it’s the best traditional office suite in the roundup.

A quick download from www.openoffice.org will give you a clean and ridiculously easy-to-use set of tools, including a text editor — which is Linux speak for word processor — spreadsheet creator, presentation maker, database manager, drawing program and advanced programming tool named Formula. Each of those tools has a clean and intuitive set of features layered within a modern interface that gives Corel or Microsoft a run for their money.


OpenOffice 3.2

Pros: Free; easy to use; strong capabilities.
Cons: No relevant flaws.
Features: A
Performance: A
Ease of Use: A
Value: A+
Price: Free
Reviewer’s Choice

GCN Lab reviews 5 top office suites


The templates selection is decent, although it's a far cry from the type of snazzy glitter that you can expect from Corel or Microsoft. Unlike those suites, OpenOffice does not include an e-mail client, but that’s easy to overlook because it is built to interoperate with Lotus Notes. That level and ease of collaboration is what we’re looking for in this roundup and fits perfectly under a unified communications platform.

Additionally, OpenOffice is the friendliest program in the roundup from the perspective of compatibility. Regardless of what file extensions we threw at this program or which operating systems we submerged it in, OpenOffice worked well and hard every time.

It’s no wonder this suite earned a Reviewer’s Choice honor for this roundup.

OpenOffice.org, www.openoffice.org

About the Author

Carlos A. Soto is a former GCN Lab technology analyst.

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