Although not as popular as the Microsoft Office Suite, Open Office has still found huge success in the Office Suite market. Whereas Microsoft Office and even Apple iWorks can cost a small fortune, Open Office is free to download and use to all, regardless of what Operating System they run.
Open Office comes with all of the programs that you would expect to find in some of the more popular and more costly programs. There is a word processor, a spreadsheet maker and a slideshow creator, along with a handful of other useful programs that mimic the ones found in Microsoft Office and Apple iWorks.
Open Office, which was developed by Apache, is actually preferred by many to the Microsoft Office and Apple iWorks Suites, and not just because it’s cheaper. They find that Open Office is simpler and easy to use, they also report that it has a more natural and intuitive interface and isn’t as glitchy as its more costly competitors.
Apache Open Office is a widely used and free Office Suite that comes loaded with a range of programs, from a spreadsheet creator and word processor to a slideshow maker and a spreadsheet. Not only does Open Office support a large number of file formats for all of its programs, but it also runs in many different languages and can be installed on most Operating Systems, including Mac and Windows.
Standard formats are used in Open Office for creating and saving your data, which means that all files created on Open Office can be run on programs such as Microsoft Word, Apple Pages and Microsoft Excel. Open Office can be downloaded for free, but despite this, a lot of thought and effort has gone into its development. Apache had actually developed Open Office for over twenty years before they felt that the program was able to rival (and bettered, in many instances) what was on the market.
Open Office’s interface is extremely user-friendly interface and anyone can master this program in no time at all. If you have any experience with similar programs, such as Microsoft Office, then Open Office will feel like second nature to you. If not, and if you are new to these programs, then Open Office can be a great place to start as it is quick to learn easy to master.