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Apache OpenOffice 4.1 to Bring Enhanced Accessibility Support

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The Apache OpenOffice project is pleased to announce that it has successfully integrated support for the Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) and IAccessible2 interfaces. Support for these interfaces enables screen readers and other assistive technologies to work with Apache OpenOffice, which in turn enables greater productivity by OpenOffice users who are blind or who have low-vision.

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Apache OpenOffice vs. LibreOffice

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Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice are the modern descendants of OpenOffice.org. For the last few years, almost all Linux distributions have included LibreOffice as their default office suite. However, in the past eighteen months, OpenOffice has reappeared, newly organized into an Apache project, and free software users now have the choice of two full-featured suites instead of one.

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Shall we waste twelve more years promoting Free office suites instead of open office formats?

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Twelve (TWELVE!!!) years ago I asked OpenOffice users “Are you advocating OO correctly”. Six years ago I said the same things in a different format. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a perfect proof that that kind of advocacy IS right, but so far has been never practiced enough.

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Apache OpenOffice 4 vs. LibreOffice 4.1

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computerworld.com.au: Once, whenever you referred to the free productivity suite that competes with Microsoft Office, people knew exactly which program you were talking about. Lately, though, OpenOffice -- formerly of Sun/Oracle, now under the aegis of the Apache Foundation -- has taken a backseat to LibreOffice, an upstart spun off from OpenOffice's own source code.

Three great ways to use variables in LibreOffice

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techrepublic.com: Learn how to get the most out of the variables feature in both OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

Seven great features of LibreOffice that you probably ignore

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techrepublic.com: Free office suite tools like OpenOffice and Libre Office have more advanced features than you might expect. Here are seven that go beyond the common tasks.

The State of Open Source Office Software in 2013

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linux.com: If the arrival of Windows 8 opened new doors for Linux in the world of desktop operating systems last fall, then it seems fair to say that the recent arrival of Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 has surely done something similar for free and open source office suites.

German city says OpenOffice shortcomings are forcing it back to Microsoft

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computerworld.com.au: The city council in Freiburg, Germany, is planning to ditch an open source office suite and go back to using Microsoft Office.

LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, Part Deux

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): Well it's been a momentous few weeks for FOSS fans recently, not least because LibreOffice -- one of the most popular exemplars of free and open source software today -- celebrated its second anniversary late last month.

Perspectives on Apache OpenOffice 3.4 download numbers

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robweir.com: You may have read, on the Apache OpenOffice blog, news that the project has had 5 million downloads in the first 6 weeks since the release of version 3.4. And as the above chart shows, the download rate has increased in the past two weeks, as we’ve started to roll out the upgrade notifications to OpenOffice.org 3.3 users.

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