Open Office 2.0

Open Office 2.0 Review

It has been a while since I last tried Open Office. I have used it in the past on both my PC and Mac. I really like Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and do not plan on changing there but I may be open to a change on my PC.  I am going to compare it to the version of Office 2003 on my PC to see how it stands.

Open Office Suite

The Open Office suite is composed of these programs.
  • Writer (similar to Word)
  • Calc (similar to Excel)
  • Impress (similar to Powerpoint)
  • Base (similar to Access)
  • Draw (similar to Visio)
  • Math, an equation editor


I plan to try it for about a month beside Microsoft Office 2003. If I am satisfied with it, I will convert completely on my PC machines. It will take a little more for me to convert on my Macs. The one thing it is missing is an email client but Thunderbird is a good client for those who do not like Outlook. I still prefer Outlook to Thunderbird but I would not purchase the entire Office suite for one product.  Office 12 is on the horizon. If it turns out to be too expensive for me I want to have other alternatives in mind. Open Office is a free download and it is relatively small too. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Here is a screenshot of Open Office Writer:

Here is a screenshot of Open Office Calc:

Here is a screenshot of Open Office Impress:

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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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