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OpenOffice needs no introduction. This free open source alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite is used by thousands around the world and it provides all the features that you might want from a Office program. While Windows 8 users might tend to use Microsoft’s own utilities, OpenOffice is free alternative that give them basically the same features. If you have used OpenOffice in the past and you have recently migrated to Windows 8, you will be happy yo know that it works just as before and that all of its features are at 100%. Also, the web store for adding new functions to OpenOffice is running smooth on Windows 8.
OpenOffice works on Windows 8
For past users of OpenOffice, there’s no need to explain anything about this software suite, as you already have all the information you need from the title ahead. However, for users who are looking for an alternative for Microsoft’s Office suite, they should know exactly what OpenOffice is and how can it be of benefit for them.
First of all, know that OpenOffice for Windows 8 is not an app, but a desktop program. It is very similar to Microsoft Office, with the difference that it is a open source product, therefor, free of charge. This software suite has been used by Linux users for a very long time, and they have loved, as do many other Linux or Mac users.
OpenOffice 3 for Windows 8 provides all the features that one might need for his daily office work. Like MS Office, it has a word processor, presentations creator, spreadsheet creator, a utility for databases, one for drawing and one for creating mathematical formulas.
All of these can be found once you’ve opened OpenOffice for Windows 8, and it will great you with a window, asking what product you want to use. Also, what makes OpenOffice so great it the online database of add-ons. Similar to Mozilla’s Extension website, here you can find a great deal of tools.
Anything from various templates for almost any task to compatibility tools, spelling dictionaries and other functions can be freely downloaded and added to OpenOffice 3. This makes it much more useful and by selecting the right add-ons, you can create a customized version of OpenOffice with all the features that you want.
I love using OpenOffice, and thanks to the fact that it is fully compatible with Windows 8, I can now have the MS Office alternative that I used to enjoy on previous versions of Windows. Keep in mind though, that OpenOffice does not open the new Office formats (docx, pptx, xlsx etc) by default, but I’m sure a add-on exists somewhere to add this functionality.
Download Latest Version of OpenOffice for Windows 8
Support for annotating and commenting on selected text ranges.
New commenting and annotation feature makes it possible for users to now select blocks of text for commenting on.
Writer users also gain in-place editing capabilities in text fields, while Impress and Draw now supports interactive cropping of transformed graphics
Stability improvements should also make the Import Picture from File and Drag & Drop Graphic Data features more robust.
Support for the IAccessible2 interface
Better performance when loading and importing large 3D charts, with the program better capable of keeping original graphic data intact instead of modifying it
Six new languages — including Bulgarian, Danish, Hindi and Thai
Apache OpenOffice Beta 4.10 – released on March 10, 2014 with an approximate size of 137 megabytes.