Sun Microsystems released the latest version of their cross-platform, free, open-source office application suite - Open Office 3.0, the unprecedented demand for the latest version crashed the servers and Sun Microsystems has to run a stripped down version of the site to control the situation for now.
Available for a number of different operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD, OpenVMS, OS/2, Mac OS X and IRIX, the free Microsoft Office alternative supports Microsoft Office 97-2003 formats and ability to open Microsoft Office 2007 new xml based file formats including docx, xlsx and pptx.
The full free office application suite includes:
- Writer - OpenOffice word processor application looks and feels identical to the popular Microsoft Word, the utility also includes built-in ability to export files to popular Portable Document Format (PDF), the new version of Writer allows display of multiple pages at once.
- Calc - OpenOffice spreadsheet application similar to Microsoft Excel, the new version expands the old 256 column limit to over 1,000 and now includes improved network collaboration tools.
- Impress - A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint with additional capabilities to export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files.
- Base - A database program similar to Microsoft Access.
- Draw - A vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW.
- Math - A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor.
If you are looking for free alternative to Microsoft Office application suite, look now further, OpenOffice provides the same look and feel including some extra features as well.