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Openoffice.org - Five things MS Office users do not know

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sinaisix.blogspot: Open Office is one of the most powerful products that the Free Software community has produced to date and is the default office suite on most Linux distros.

OpenOffice.org and the 'Ribbons' Interface Brouhaha

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earthweb.com: Two weeks ago Project Renaissance unveiled its first prototype. The prototype resembled the Ribbon interface first introduced in Microsoft Office 2007, and the denunciations came so fast that few bothered to check the facts, or to give the idea any serious consideration.

Open-source users revolt over OpenOffice.org's ribbon-esque UI

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computerworld.com: The open-source faithful are lambasting a proposed overhaul of OpenOffice.org's user interface, with critics saying it would "ape" Microsoft Office's controversial Ribbon layout.

Misinterpretation of a prototype?

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blogs.sun.com/GullFOSS: It was really interesting to follow the media in the last days where discussion around the latest Renaissance prototype took place. And many many people commented on the blog from Frank a colleague of mine and other public sources.

OpenOffice.org: It’s a little too late for April Fool’s jokes, don’t you think?

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linuxcritic.wordpress: The developers of the beloved OpenOffice.org office suite are giving serious development time to the despised and reviled ribbon interface of Microsoft Office 2007. I was, well, shocked to say the least.

Ten Productivity-Boosting OpenOffice.org Extensions

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ostatic.com/blog: OpenOffice is a terrific suite of office applications in its own right, but it's out of this world when paired with extensions that add extra functionality. There are plenty of extensions to choose from, but let's take a look at a few that will really make your productivity soar.

Prototyping a New User Interface for OOo

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blogs.sun.com: The prototyping phase, to create a new user interface for OpenOffice.org, has ended last week. See our monthly project Renaissance status presentation for July and try the prototype yourself (Java 6 required).

Openoffice.org- The rise and rise of Open Source.

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sinaisix.blogspot: There is a storm that is taking the software industry by storm. The name of this storm is Free and Open Source and one of its flagship products is called Open Office.

OpenOffice.org New User Orientation

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blog.worldlabel: Welcome to OpenOffice.org, the world-class office suite that’s also free and open source. This is your new-user orientation.

8 Essential OpenOffice Extensions

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junauza.com: OpenOffice is already a complete desktop office suite that is at par in terms of features with the proprietary Microsoft Office. However, its functionality can still be improved by utilizing useful extensions that are easily available.

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