OpenOffice 2.0 is finally available for everyone to download. I've been using OpenOffice for almost 1,5 years and am pretty excited about the final version of the application being released. The download seems to be about 100 megs in size, which may vary a bit depending on your operating system.
For those who don't know: OpenOffice is an Open Source office application that offers most of the functionality of the Microsoft product (Microsoft Office). The best thing though is that its totally free. Go to the OpenOffice website and download it for free. (link provided at the beginning of the article)
Lets take a look at the press release:
OpenOffice.org 2.0 is the productivity suite that individuals, governments, and corporations around the world have been expecting for the last two years. Easy to use and fluidly interoperable with every major office suite, OpenOffice.org 2.0 realizes the potential of open source. Besides a powerful new database module and advanced XML capabilities, OpenOffice.org natively supports the internationally standardised OpenDocument format, which several countries, as well as the U.S. state of Massachusetts, have established as the default for office documents. More than any other suite, OpenOffice.org 2.0 gives users around the globe the tools to be engaged and productive members of their society.
Available in 36 languages, with more on the way, and able to run natively on Windows, GNU/Linux, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X (X11) and several other platforms, OpenOffice.org banishes software segregation and isolation and dramatically levels the playing field. And, with its support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, OpenOffice.org eliminates the fear of vendor lock in or format obsolescence. The OpenDocument format can be used by any office application, ensuring that documents can be viewed, edited and printed for generations to come. OpenOffice.org 2.0 is a breath of hope for small economies that can now have a local language office suite well adapted to their needs and to their economical possibilities, reducing their dependency on the interests of proprietary software vendors.
Update: The developers of the program have updated it regularly throughout the years. You can download the latest version of the program from the linked website.
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