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OpenOffice

Everybody using a PC or a laptop requires an Office suite over and above the basic Operating system. One of the main applications you can use for creating Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations is OpenOffice. It is a suite of products which include Writer, Calc and Impress. It has

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  • Document editor like Word - Writer
  • Spreadsheet maker like Excel - Calc
  • Presentation maker like PowerPoint - Impress

In addition there is a Flow chart maker, a Maths document maker and a Database engine. This product is supported by Sun (now Oracle) and the Open Source community. It is an equivalent of MS Office and is in many respects even better than its arch rival. It is free, small, efficient and you can install it on as many computers as you like without any obligations.

You can visit http://www.openoffice.org to download it and also read more about it. It is available for most of the common platforms like Windows and Linux.

WPS Office (Kingsoft Office)

Another great alternative is WPS Office. It also has all the features mentioned above like Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation editor. OpenOffice sometimes gives some formatting issues when a complex MS Office document is opened but WPS Office is 100% compatible. It has a Free version and a paid version.

WPS Office 2016 Business edition includes word processor Writer, spreadsheet tool and a presentation manager Presentation. WPS Office is committed to providing easy-to-use and efficient office software. Composed of Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation, WPS Office is a full-featured office suite with small size and excellent compatibility.

Highlights of WPS Office

  1. WPS Office is fully compatible with Microsoft Office in three aspects: user experience, document formats and API.
  2. Paragraph Layout tool in WPS Writer enables users to easily edit the paragraphs, without changing settings in the menu bar.
  3. When editing spreadsheet in WPS Writer, users can simply add new rows and columns by dragging and dropping the rows or columns.
  4. Built-in Docer template gallery provides users with a wide range of Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation templates. Users can download free and ready-to-use templates from the gallery when creating a new document.
  5. Small-sized package gives users fast installation and upgrade experience.
  6. Taking up only a small part of memory in your PC, WPS Office runs fast and seldom crashes.
  7. Save documents as DOCX / XLSX / PPTX.

 

Advantages of OpenOffice:

  • Small size: It includes all components like Writer, Calc and Impress in less than 200Mb.
  • Free: Install freely on as many computers as you like. It is totally free.
  • Saves in ODF format: Allows saving document to a standard Open Document Format (ODF) format.
  • Platform independent: It is available on most of the Operating systems like Windows and Linux.
  • PDF generation: Allows generation of PDF documents without any external tools.
  • Open Source: OpenOffice software source code is Open for scrutiny.

We would like to urge you strongly to use OpenOffice for all your PCs and laptops. About a third of the cost of a PC/laptop is the cost of an Office suite if you choose to purchase licenses of MS Office. Why spend that precious money (in these times of unending recession) when a better, efficient and free solution is available. OpenOffice has nearly all of the functionality that highly priced commercial rivals possess. Even if you need to open or edit MS Office documents, spreadsheets or presentations, it can easily do that. It can open and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and save them to their original format.

NGOs and Government organizations should mandatorily use OpenOffice (many of them all over the world already do), it would save precious money for the NGOs, Government and the country. We exhort you to adopt OpenOffice software as much as possible for building your company's and country's IT infrastructure. If you have apprehensions, try it out. Most of the organizations have a mental block that OpenOffice might not be able to suffice for their demanding needs but it is not true. It has all the complex functionality that you can dream off only a slightly different way of doing it in a few cases.

There are websites and articles which provide free training, tutorials and knowledge about these products. Here are a few of them:
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org
http://www.learnopenoffice.org
http://documentation.openoffice.org/tutorials/index.html
http://plan-b-for-openoffice.org - Screencasts and Help on OpenOffice

If you need any help to adopt these technologies, let us know, we can help. This article is to help save money for you, your organization and to help spread the free software movement.

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