Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

Filed under
OOo

OpenOffice 3.2 - now now available for Windows, Mac and Linux - boasts faster start-up times than before. But the really big news is that now - finally - this open-source suite offers full compatibility with files created using Microsoft's Office 2007.

If you've ever tried opening or converting .docx and other Microsoft Office 2007 file formats outside of Office 2007 itself, you've likely pounded your head against more than a few walls - downloading plug-ins or struggling with online conversion services.

That should be a thing of the past with OpenOffice 3.2, which supports all the Office 2007 formats out of the box. That said, the conversion process still isn't completely perfect, especially if you're trying for pixel-perfect document formatting or, in my testing, spreadsheets with complicated equation cells.

Of course, it's hard to be too excited about the new conversion tools given that they arrive three years after Office 2007 hit the shelves. If your business had a mission-critical need to work with Microsoft's formats let's hope you weren't holding your breath for OpenOffice to come through for you.

Is it fair to give an open-source project a hard time for taking three years to reverse engineer a document format more or less invented to make OpenOffice's life more complicated?

Time for a fluffing




More in Tux Machines

OS Battle: Linux Takes 1.7% Desktop Marketshare

We have another metric in showing a 1.7% Linux desktop market-share, which isn't far off from other figures we've seen in the past indicating Linux desktop usage at under 2%. Read more

Absolute Linux Is a Lightweight Distro Based on Slackware 14.10

Absolute, an x86 Linux distribution based upon Slackware that concentrates on making sure that Internet, multimedia, document, and general home use works out of the box, is now at version 14.10 and is available for download. Read more

Future Linux Mint Releases to Have Other Colors Besides Green

Everybody knows that Linux Mint has a green theme and most people are able to recognize it from a glance because no one else is using it. It's become a sort of a trademark for it (not in the legal sense), but it looks like they are not happy with it or at least they are trying to appeal to other people who might not enjoy that green color. Read more

Deepin 2014.1, One of the Most Beautiful Distros in the World, Has Been Released – Gallery

Deepin developers have been hard at work on their new operating system and it looks like they managed to get a lot of fans. This system is one of the most interesting ones that have surfaced in the last couple of years. One of the reasons for its success is the implementation of a new desktop environment that is somewhat different from what other operating systems provide. Read more