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Old 12-04-2007, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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My brother in law uses Open Office instead of Microsoft Office on his P.C. and says it works great. We just purchased a new laptop a couple of months ago and the trial version of Microsoft Office is about to expire. I did a web search on Open Office and haven't found anything bad written about it. Any thoughts from those who use it. The big plus is that it's free.
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I don't use it, but, as you found, most people who do give it a favorable rating.
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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Used it and liked it. Didn't continue because I already own MS Office. Go for it!
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I have been using O.O. and it's commercial counterpart, Star Office, for several years. Since I don't do tons of work with any of its applications, I can't justify paying the high price of MS Office. For those occasions when I need to open or create a spreadsheet or word processor document, O.O. has worked very well for me. When someone sends me a presentation, O.O. works to view it.

I have never found a situation where I could not do what I wanted to with O.O., though it's sometimes harder to do than in MS Office, only because I've used MS Office longer (primarily at work), and have learned several techniques that are unique to it. For the price, I would certainly recommend Open Office. I would have a hard time making the same recommendation of MS Office, but only because of the much higher price.
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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I use it and like it as well. I LOVE the price tag Supporting Open Source when we can is the best thing we can do. Go for it. Liz
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I have Open Office on my Red Hat Linux machine and it works pretty good. Another nice thing about it is you can create documents that conform to Microsoft's Office standards, in case you have to email them to somebody who doesn't use Open Office on Linux.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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I did download it yesterday and it seems to work fine. I checked on some forums and some people suggested buying Open Office for Dummies. I figure that $13.50 for the book verses $130.00 for Microsoft Office is a good thing. I'll also donate $25.00 to the people at Open Office. Thanks for all the replies.
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Use it, you won't regret it. :-)
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Old 12-07-2007, 06:42 AM
 
Location: orlando, fl
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open office is nice
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Old 12-08-2007, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I have Open Office on my Red Hat Linux machine and it works pretty good. Another nice thing about it is you can create documents that conform to Microsoft's Office standards, in case you have to email them to somebody who doesn't use Open Office on Linux.
I have it installed on my MAC and use it to convert docs. It works great.
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