Apache OpenOffice 4.0

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Great software
Apache OpenOffice is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software. The result: Apache OpenOffice does everything you want your office software to do, the way you want it to.

Easy to use
Apache OpenOffice is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that OpenOffice is probably available and supported in your own language. And if you already have files from another office package - OpenOffice will probably read them with no difficulty.

And it's free
Best of all, Apache OpenOffice can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. Apache OpenOffice is released under the Apache 2.0 Licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. You may install it on as many computers as you like. You may make copies and give them away to family, friends, students, employees - anyone you like.

What's new in Apache OpenOffice 4.0:

  • This major update brings exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes. OpenOffice 4.0 features an innovative new Sidebar user interface, additional language support for 22 languages (including 3 new languages), 500 bug fixes, improvements in Microsoft Office interoperability, enhancements to drawing/graphics, performance improvements, etc.

Download: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 | 137.0 MB (Open Source)
View: OpenOffice Website | Release Notes

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Is LibreOffice really better than OpenOffice? I know people keep saying it, but I'd like to see something concrete to back up that claim.

They are extremely similar, from what I can tell. And they are both slower than I'd like them to be, especially compared to MS Office. I like OpenOffice slightly more only because the updates are less frequent. Seems like every time I open LibreOffice there's a new version - if I'm not in a hurry, I'll download it in the hopes it will get faster or better in some way, but there's usually no significant difference after updating. The only thing these frequent updates do consistently is waste bandwidth and productivity time.

I like it because of the cost. For what I pay, I can handle it being "a little slower", and let's face it - with today's computing power, is that really a problem now?

Both LibreOffice & OpenOffice are free - so cost ain't adding much contrast between the two.

There is one way they differ in significantly regarding speed - updates are about 10 slower in LibreOffice because of their server speeds (not something I can compensate for on my end.) But OpenOffice is very slow to update as well, so no decisive victory there. Maybe I could bittorent it go looking for mirrors, but that's extra annoying manual work on my end - their automatic updates or homepage download links should just work and be faster than a coffee break - instead they are painfully slow.

Sorry I thought you were comparing the speed to MS Office.

Between LO and OO, there isn't much of a difference in speed as you note. As for update/download speed, i've found I can get full speed (2MB/s+) for both flavours, again no difference.

But as for MS Office... Well I just downloaded SP2 for MS Office 2010 today. Not impressed to say the least. But I guess that's what I... pay for?

why do you think there are Free office suites? because MS while making a good product prices their products way out of the range of even students and teachers edition.

My point is.. Anything is going to be expensive compared to a price of Free.. But, if you think $99 is way out of range....... (Discount for Office University 2010)

coth, I'm using it without any problems on polish Windows 7, with polish gui language and keyboard layout. Text editor starts faster than Word 2010 and almost same faster as LibreOffice Writer on my machine.

It ruins Windows regional settings making problems to many local apps. So as utilizing incorrect decimal and thousand separators in spreadsheets and incorrect date formats.

I'm confussed as well, Oracle bought Sun (who originally made OpenOffice) and eventually gave it to Apache Foundation. No staff was asked afik as it's an Open Source project anyway.