The open-source office application suite, a free alternative to Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office, is nearing final release on version 2.4. With OpenOffice.org on track to launch version 3.0 later this year. OpenOffice.org continues to evolve. As practice makes perfect, in the coming version, its interface continues to develop into almost a twin of MS-Office’s pre-ribbon interface.
About the Office PowerPoint’s competitor Impress, there’s no problems opening a presentation created in Power Point 2007; and slide transitions applied in PowerPoint also carried over in Impress. The slideshow was editable in Impress as well. It seems that OpenOffice has added more animations options as slide transitions.
It’s great that OpenOffice is compatible with MS Office, but Microsoft Office file formats are not native to it. Everyone thinks that OpenOffice has to be an exact MS Office clone. That’s not the case, and OpenOffice has a lot of features that Microsoft Office doesn’t, like the way it integrates with Mysql to perform advanced variable stream data features for printing.
Whether corporates want to direct clients towards OpenOffice as a software solution depends on a variety of factors: budget, client’s dependence on complex spreadsheet processes and macros and the interoperability of OpenOffice with UC platforms and email and messaging systems. Certainly, OpenOffice could be a good choice, and it’s always good for further development by yourself, not just under the Microsoft’s construction.