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Sorry but OpenOffice is absolute CRAP vs MS Office


I was forced to use OpenOffice for a couple years and continued to do so later but it's reliability was poor sometimes crashing after working on a document or presentation for just 15 minutes or so. I learned to save and re-save often, sometimes after updating just one or two slides, and keeping multiple generations of my work in case I had to revert back because OpenOffice 'blew up'. It's operation was also unpredictable and 'clunky' compared to MS Office products. OpenOffice is OK if you need a free word processor for a simple letter, but do anything beyond that and it is severely crippled, unpredictable, unreliable, frustrating, and counter productive. I would not use it in a "professional" capacity. As a freebie for a quick letter or a very basic spread sheet, maybe. It's a toy.

I used StarOffice then the more current fully community based OpenOffice [OpenOffice.org]. Also used LibraOffice. They were still absolute junk compared to Microsoft Office. I use Microsoft Office on my Macs.

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StarOffice, known briefly as Oracle Open Office before being discontinued in 2011, was a proprietary office suite. It originated in 1985 as StarWriter by StarDivision, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999. Sun Microsystems, in turn, was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2010.

StarOffice supports the OpenOffice.org XML file format, as well as the OpenDocument standard, and can generate PDF and Flash formats. It includes templates, a macro recorder, and a software development kit (SDK).

The source code of the suite was released in July 2000, creating a free, open source office suite called OpenOffice.org, which subsequent versions of StarOffice were based on, with additional proprietary components.[3]

In March 2009, a study showed that StarOffice only had a 3% market share in the corporate market.[4]

In April 2011, Oracle announced the discontinuation of Oracle Open Office[1] as part of the decision to turn OpenOffice.org into a "purely community-based project".[5]



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