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Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

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Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.


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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

First of all it offers most of often used functions which office suite should have. OpenOffice supports most common file formats and offers export and import between them. This open-source suite has enough features for your work. OpenOffice's core offerings most what you need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes document layout and formatting looks differently when created in other tool. Problem with compatibility with Visual Basic for Applications, especially if your macro functions depend on Microsoft's environment.

OpenOffice can open PowerPoint files, but transitional effects are not imported. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have choice to paid for office suite and have it for free please choose Open Office.

There is no reason to spend money for something which is offered for free.

I'm using it privately and in my small association and it is doing its job perfectly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because it is free it can be installed without additional costs. It is working on multiple operating systems. Supports multiple languages. Opens various formats. it's free -- no subscription fee, no lump sum, no upsell to a pro version. If your business needs don't include complex word-processing or database-management features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

it is an acceptable replacement for Microsoft Office. I need a good replacement for Microsoft Office. Open Office is available on Linux as well, and MacOS operating system. Microsoft Office is only for Windows. That's the thing I like it most, the fact that is cross platform software. But we can do much more things in Microsoft office than in OpenOffice. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are some features from Microsoft Office which are not compatible with Open Office. It was not possible to properly edit one document created with Microsoft Office. I think there is still some work to make Microsoft Office documents fully compatible with Open Office. It would be nice if some other types of documents can be worked in Open Office, like PDF documents, epub documents, mobi documents (in general books for various formats to be open in ebook reader to be able to open / edit them in Open Office). Also for drawings I would like to use it more friendly for creating UML diagrams, class diagrams, state machines, sequence diagrams. Also it can be useful to create project scheduling plans, like Microsoft Project. Once you develop some new features in Open Office, to make it more competitive, please make sure that using those features are well documented. if the use is very good in working with Microsoft Office, will have some unpleasant surprises when working with open office. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I think is a good candidate to do the same work you do with Microsoft Office, but do not expect that all the features from Microsoft Office can be worked out in Open Office. If you are very familiar with Microsoft office, you may have some surprises when working with open office. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted to use it for create excel worksheets, drawings, to open documents created in Microsoft Office. General purpose excel worksheets can be worked in Open Office, but not all the functions available in Microsoft Excel are available in Open Office (for example, from my understanding, Pivot Table does not exist in open office, or some other special functions for tables). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The thing I like best about Open Office hands down would be the rich functionality, there isn't anything I can't do as compared to other paid applications. Al the interface is very similar to what you may be accustomed using so the learning curve is not steep, basically you can install and get up and running. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have no dislikes, I am quite comfortable with the interface and functionality, what I can do on my own I Google and normally find an answer. I guess the only think I can speak negatively about would be the icons which look a bit dated and can resemble that of a more basic application like say WordPad. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Transitioning to or using Open Office is not difficult at all, the download and install is basic (basically click through installation). The interface is similar in most part to the more popular offerings you may be used to, also you can save your documents to many different file formats so sharing your documents is not limited to other Open Office users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One great use of OpenDraw would be the editing of PDF documents, this has been a life saver after looking around for free PDF editors, I think it is one of the best option I have found.

The problem I solve is being able to use full featured suite of applications at no cost. I save money while still being able to produce and share documents compatible with other applications if necessary. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

OpenOffice has most, if not all, capabilities as other major Office programs but it is FREE! For those people who can't afford or don't want the monthly expense of paying for other office software, this is your answer. It is very easy to download and install on most of the platforms that everyday users already have. You can convert all of you documents from other office programs right into OpenOffice and also export them to be compatible with the other office programs. This software allows you to make slide presentations, open pdf docs, create word and spreadsheets as well as several more types. If you don't have access to the major office software or can't afford them, OpenOffice is your answer! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found anything I don't like about OpenOffice. It can pretty much do everything you need outside of more intricate software programs that cost two or three times more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have any doubts, I recommend this as it is so easy to download and install and if you're not satisfied, you can uninstall it just as easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If I had come across a problem, I would just use their help section but I haven't had any problems but that could be because I'm technically savvy so that helps. But the average user should have no problems they can't solve with the Help section. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

I've been using OpenOffice for many years. I've mainly used it for text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. In the near future I will be giving the database a try. If I need to send a document or whatever to others, I don't worry if they have OpenOffice because it is easy to export to PDF. A few times in the past, I've tried to collaborate on a project and we had problems between Microsoft and OpenOffice. I'm not sure if that is still the case. There have been many improvements over the years. But best of all, it's free. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Windows has made it very hard to open a Microsoft document with OpenOffice. But, hey, that's nowhere near how aggravating Microsoft can be. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Right now, I am using OpenOffice for my resume. I can make changes to the .odt and export it to pdf with the date of the update. If I am missing something that Word has, it must not be important. The two main spreadsheets I always have open are for a work search lob and to track the classes I am taking from a website. Again, I don't see what Excel has that could be better. The spreadsheets can also be converted to pdf if necessary. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

OpenOffice provides all the features that a word processing suite should have. Its writer application enables you to write documents, letters, essays etc providing features such as letter formatting, lists, numbering, paragraph alignment etc. In addition the calc application enable you to create spreadsheets using powerful inbuilt functions with the ability to display your work using graphs. Yet another application enables you to create presentations similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. Documents can be easily converted to PDF by clicking a button right in the application. It's great because it is free firstly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There haven't been many updates over the years. Although the features are great, it could use a little update. The interface has been pretty much static as well and is a little outdated. It would be great if the product was updated more frequently and the interface changed to have a more modern look. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because OpenOffice is free and it requires no paid license, it was a good option to getting a word processing suite to use without the added cost of a license. Money was saved on a yearly basis through not having to pay annual fees. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

OpenOffice comes in handy if you compare the file or program sizes as compared to MS Office that is it takes lesser space to install even and have all the basic options needed to handle make or edit a MS Word and or Even MS Excel Files. So, if you are in a hurry and unable to get an original MS Office Applications, OpenOffice is best suited and best thing it is open source so lesser or no charges in using. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Fewer options as compared to MS Office, no down sides, its just quick way of making and using smart word text files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Can be used on smaller or lower memory plus storage smart devices likes Tablets, phablets and or mini computers without any problem without the problem of carrying a laptop and or going to office and making a report using portable devices, so while working from home and or on customer site, is a good application to have onboard your portable device to be transferred on to your desktop pc and or laptop later for further editions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No problems faced while using OpenOffice during my programming projects, it takes lesser space to install onto the hard drive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

The learning curve is small and the product works just good or better than the paid programs. The Ribbon starts out very similar to Microsoft product and the fact that documents can be saved in Doc means I can read and save documents from Microsoft using Open Office easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It takes a little time to learn the few differences between this and the Microsoft products. I need to be able to utilize all formats because as a proofreader I receive manuscripts in a variety of formats. In the long run, the learning curve is not that big, and for time spent it is worth the effort. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This perfectly useful set of writing tools is all you need in a small or even medium-sized office. All of the whistles and bells normally associated with the high-priced subscription platforms in an open-source productivity suite. I used spreadsheets, word processing, database, the presentation software from Microsoft for years, but the constant price increase, and now having to LEASE the programs has sent me to the remarkable alternative. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving Recurring subscription fees. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Open Office is part of the Apache family of software tools. Whilst available from outlets, such as staples, it is also available to download online. The version we installed from Apache, like the maority of GNU/Linux based or Linux Foundation Software was free. The Linux Foundation are valued at over 10 Trillion dollars, and its makers are some of today smartest minds in software engineering and development. Open Office is the format of choice for the majority of all high profile documents used by the British Government and is the professionals choice, not because it is free, but the most versitile and stable set of software tools in the marketplace to compete and in my opinion out perform Microsoft Office and Apple based software libraries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Whilst the interface is simular to Microsoft Office, it is in main ways individual and unqiuely different meaning some users may find learning new tools taskful, but definately not impossible. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main reason I use open office is that the format of file type that it developed is used by most major genuine information providers. For those seeking quality, statistical and solid topical infomation the interface is easy to use to collect, store and analyse data and cross reference whilst maintaining simple processes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Accessibility and compatibility to MS Office and many other Business Documentation Software programs. Ease of use and Macro creation has been a great help. The user-friendly and intuitive interface has made my work exceptionally easy and considerably less time consuming. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike my slow computer, Open Office is just awesome and has saved me countless hours without having to be concerned with OOP, or OBE. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have had no compatibility issues with any of the multiple documentation, spreadsheet or pictorial programs on the current market. I, however, sometimes have forgotten to save my work, and thank you, Office for reminding me each time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is open source and can work with open standards as well as commonly use extensions of commercial products. One other feature of Open Office is that it is available on multiple platforms unlike Microsoft Office. We evaluate multiple options when we were evaluating alternates of Microsoft Office and the only solution that could deliver as close as possible to MS Office was Open Office by Apache Foundation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing to dislike about Open Office, however usability and user experience of Open Office lacks a bit when compared to commercial solutions like Microsoft Office or even Google Docs etc. If that improves, Open Office will definitely become a tough competitor to Microsoft Office. When Microsoft Office documents (Word, PowerPoint) are opened with Open Office, some formatting issues occur and visualization is a bit different on Open Office. Another lacking of Open Office is unavailability of mobile app. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is better to use Open Office instead of illegal installations of Microsoft Office. Using Open Office requires a bit of effort initially but as user gets used to it, user can do almost everything using Open Office that can be done using Microsoft Office. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Number one benefit for us was to reduce our licensing cost as we were able to move away from Microsoft Office products for users that were not interacting with outside world initially. Later on even staff interacting with outside world were also upgraded to Open Office and handled communication with a bit of challenge (document format compatibility issues). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It's free! Open Office is honestly the most comprehensive and efficient software and/or application that didn't cost a single penny. It compares very well to Microsoft Office, but unlike Microsoft doesn't charge for subscription fee.

It doesn't use much disc space and it highly adaptable to other software and programs. As a Graphic Designer I value both of those qualities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There's honestly nothing I dislike about Open Office. If there is one area I believe Open Office could be improved it would be Open Office Draw. I think the application could become more intuitive and simplified. Open Office is a more than worthy substitute for Mircosoft Office, but it has a real chance to differentiate itself here. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a freelancer, which means I have a variety of needs that Open Office helps meet. I use Open Office Writer to make write pitches and my resume. When I need to track and log my expenses, I use Open Office Calc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Freelance Educator & Interpreter
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

A good, intuitive interface and the stability of the suite as well as its ability to open and save doc, docx, ppt and pptx files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not being 100%-compatible with all of its (commercial) competitors is something that could certainly be improved. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You need to check free templates - there is likely to be something there you will need for work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No need to obtain a commercial licence - as a school teacher, working remotely I can recommend it to my students knowing it will not cost them a penny to obtain a fully legal copy of it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

You can carry it on a Pendrive, and use it on any PC; separately or via PortableApps. It has the Drag-and-Drop routine for the toolbars; so, if I ever want to re-arrange my window, I can. All fonts, are provided and supported.

Macros can be written; also, the Extensions can be installed. The Draw and Impress files, can be exported as SVG or EPS files, which can be edited with Inkscape and GIMP.

Most of the frequently used features, are available and compatible across all the other software providers. Even a database can be made and maintained, after installing the suitable JRE (Java Runtime Environment). Custom Animations of Impress are also a remarkable advantage, with compatibility across other office apps.

I was able to save a Mathematical expression in MathML format.

OpenOffice 4's default file formats, are supported by other major players in this space. Majority of the Reports, Spreadsheets, Slideshows as well as the Drawings, can be made with this software.

Besides the ease of exporting your main file, in the PDF or HTML formats; OpenOffice lets you have a full command over your content and the formatting, which comes as a Premium bundle in the Freemium apps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

PivotTable and the charts containing the Data Labels are not fully supported by ODS format, of OpenOffice CalC. At least, MS Excel 2016 won't support them; as per the Microsoft's help-article about the differences between the ODS and XLSX formats.

That article has noted, that a Password-protected Sheet, shouldn't be saved in ODS. Presuming the same is true, for other open file formats; it might put off some Businesspersons.

It is easy to understand why JRE (Java) has to be installed, to make OpenOffice Base work. You need it if you wish to handle Databases. However, most of the users are better off staying away from installing Java on their machines. It has become safer; but the Database option should have been hidden in the Settings, speaking personally of course.

The User Interface could be improved, for aligning it with the modern Design Philosophies. The younger users might be seriously disappointed, because of the current User Interface.

The files can be saved in DOC, PPT, XLS, ODB, ODG, ODF formats; as a result, when you open them in MS Office, they are opened either in the Compatibility Mode, or the Protected View mode. I don't think, that my clients or employers are going to be okay, if such words appear in their Window header.

So, you might want to convert them into DOCX, PPTX, XLSX etc. before sharing those files with your network.

Also, keep a note for the OpenOffice version, and mostly it will be 32-bit for Windows PC, if I am not being incorrect. Why? Because then, you need to download the 32-bit JRE even if you are on a 64-bit system, for using OpenOffice Base (databases).

I wish if they improve it, in these aspects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has no Software costs; so, the additional savings for a Office Suite software licence, can be re-invested in other activities. Most licences these days, are based on Recurring Payments, as opposed to the One-Time Price; so the scope for reducing the Fixed-Costs is huge, when I use such Open Source software.

Carrying a software, such as OpenOffice, in your pendrive, allows you to use the software on any other PC simply through your pendrive. I have used it on the occasions, when some laptops weren't having a full-fledged word processor. Especially in the urgent scenarios, it's a blessing.

I don't have to worry about keeping the track of my Personal Licences and the other Licences owned by my family members. Believe me, after every system update, I check twice if my OS is still 'activated'.

Basically, I am able to do all the Office Productivity activities, using OpenOffice; without needing to worry about any Subscriptions. Whether it's about taking the backups of my Blog Posts, or tracking my expenses in a spreadsheet; I can keep doing it, by downloading OpenOffice a thousand times, on a million PCs, or by running it's portable edition on my Pendrive.

Anyone seeking to bring down the Software costs, or increasing the Internal Rate of Return, by minimising the financial obligations, is going to be helped in the similar manner.

If I need DOCX or other formats, I simply upload the ODT and open file formats to my Drive, open them in Docs, and download them as DOCX or respective format. Yes, you can handle the open file formats in Google Docs as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

It offers many of the functionalities like a MS Office for no costs. But what makes it especially valuable for me is the developer option. You can easily access the OpenOffice API and use it programmatically to generate OpenOffice documents.

A bit plus is the usage of the OpenDocument format which we use to automatically generate very complex documents and export them in other formats. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There haven't been any updates recently. I would wish more regular update cycles. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are generating complex reports based on the odt format level to generate documents. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Warehouse Operative
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Easy to use and straightforward. It replicates all the functionality of other office programs, without the need for expensive licenses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As yet I've found nothing to dislike in any of the features I've used so far. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm currently using the spreadsheet to calculate hourly pay rate, and budgeting purposes. I authored my first novel with OpenOffice.

I have created my own professional looking cv as well. These are the two primary features I have used for myself.

Others were used successfully for my sons school presentations, and my wife's work studies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

the compatibility to other formats and availability of versions ported for various operating systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

not compatible with new versions of MS Office files like xlsx, docx, pptx and other. However, compatible with earlier versions of MS Office files like xls, doc and ppt. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A free & great office suite available for almost all operating systems and high compatibility with wide range of other formats Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Available for almost all operating systems. Our developers are using multiple operating environments for development of in-house applications and Open Office makes it easier to use same documents, presentations and spreadsheets on all operating systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

It is free and reliable, this kind of free program really matter for the community. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I share files with colleage thru google drive, because I prever using open office than gdoc, I have to go back and forth saving in compatible file type Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Open office is free and reliable, it take a little adjustment when you switch from Branded Office to OpenOffice, you have a good option, don't use counterfeit program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This month I learn about document comparing, and it save me a lot of time to check for revision Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Compact file sizes, easy to use integrated user interface, easy transfer of data between applications in the suit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The macro language is a cumbersome one compared to that in Microsoft excel.

In search and replace, searching for special characters like paragraph marks, tabs etc., is much easier in Microsoft Office. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is the most comprehensive and cost effective tool for most offices. There is no need to pay for features that are not used at all. For standard uses like word processing, preparation of reports, using spreadsheets and graphics there is no tool that requires such a low budget in terms of installation and training. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using it to prepare reports in the writer. The spreadsheet has been used to do statistical analysis and the Impress Presentations to present results Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

The functions and easy to use tabs which enables the user friendly software. Moreover, Its a free source for working and making your reports, ppts & spreadsheet which is very much useful for small organizations and students who are not in position to invest thousands of rupees. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing which is dislike for open office suits. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I strongly recommend to small organizations and students' group to use Open Office Source. Its free and we get the all features which is available in other paid softwares. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its easy to open and use it. The format of this software is also able to run in MS-Office which best part of this software. Additionally it don't need a licensee for professionally use that helps my institute where users are more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Text Documents and Spreadsheets. They work exactly as you'd expect. And I've noticed no difference or loss of functionality going from Microsoft Office to Open Office. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Presentations: The only problem is that Open Office Presentations are barely usable, and beyond frustrating. It is terrifyingly difficult to click into text boxes, and format things the way you want. Anything that operates as a hyperlink absolutely refuses to let me re-style it beyond font size and font-type. All other edits to that type of text revery to default when the presentation is saved and reopened. Getting into a text box to add and edit content is a nightmare. I have to click around the entire slide for an invisible point where it figures out what I am trying to do. It is often easier for me to write my text out and format it in a Text Document, and then delete text blocks in the slide, replace it, and insert the edited text - simply because it is so difficult to modify existing text blocks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Save money and use Open Office for everything except for Presentations. Until they make that more usable, find something else, as other free or cheap options exist. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I want the functionality that Microsoft Office offers, without the insanely over-priced cost, and without software as a service. Software of this kind does not make sense to me as a SaaS model, and I am not throwing money at it when I don't own it. Since Open Office does everything I've ever needed just as well as Open Office, it's worked out perfectly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

- It is open-source.

- It is accessible on variety of operating system.

- It is supportive to various file formats. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- It doesn't support latest Ms Office file formats like xlsx, docx, pptx, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recomend my friend & colleagues to Switch to open office but with an exception of support to latest Ms office file format like xlsx, docx, pptx, etc. However previous Ms office file formats like xls, doc, ppt, etc Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Single window operation for various office automation files. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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