Sunday, May 11, 2008

Useful Programs - 3 - Free alternative to MS Office

MS Office is very pricey these days.. Costing easily several 100 dollars for an above board, off the shelf copy, and far out of the price range that most of us are willing to pay..

But there is a legitimate alternative to the MS Office suite.. It's Called the Open Office Org, and has everything you're likely to need as far as office software is concerned.. It's got a Word equivalent, called Writer, and an excel equivalent spreadsheet thing, called Calc.. as well as data base stuff and image stuff and more.. And can create and edit PDF files..

Open Office is one of the many Internet available free applications created by a dedicated team of software engineers who believe that software should be free.. thus if you are geeky enough, you can even download the source code..

The latest reliable version is 2.4, and is available for download and use here:

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you could even download the version 3 beta version, which has no guarantee of being flawless, but nevertheless likely to be mostly stable for simple needs. Version 3 beta can be downloaded here:

Peace to all,

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