For those who wish to de-Microsoft their lives as much as possible you may be interested to hear that OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 is now available for download. This is a completely Open Source and free suite of productivity tools that replace and are compatible with Microsoft’s Office suite.
- Although primarily a bug fix release, OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 does contain some new features, such as:
- the OOoDic Autopilot which allows a user to download automatically any one of 87 spelling, hyphenation and thesaurus dictionaries
- enhanced support for languages that use a comma instead of a point/full stop as the decimal point
I’ve used it quite a bit myself and have to admit I’m impressed. There’s a few differences to learn between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office, but once you get around these minor issues you’ll find it’ll serve your needs pretty well. Particularly of interest to home users who can’t afford Office and would rather not pirate it.