by CI Staff
By now, most individuals who use a computer recognize the importance of having a good word processor, a way to process spreadsheets and a way to create multimedia presentations. However, contrary to popular opinion, most individuals do not require top-of-the-line programs to do all that and more. For instance, every business student believes Microsoft Excel is a vital tool, but most do not explore the software’s full functionality. For those that don’t delve deep into Microsoft Office products, or for those who have no interest in learning advanced functions, Apache OpenOffice should be sufficient for their needs and will be far cheaper than Microsoft Office. In fact, Apache OpenOffice is completely free to download, use and distribute.
Unlike Microsoft Office, which is a collection of individual programs, OpenOffice is one program with everything from a word processor to database management. There is an OpenOffice equivalent to most Microsoft Office products and OpenOffice is compatible with them and other major office suites.
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