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NewsForge: OpenOffice.org Writer vs. Microsoft Word

Jun 23, 2005, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Several years ago, I wrote 'Opening Up to OpenOffice.org: Finding an Alternative to Microsoft Word'--my most quoted article. At that time OpenOffice.org (OOo) was barely known, so I confined myself to highlights. Now that OOo is starting to be used in business, a more detailed look seems overdue. Accordingly, I compared the beta of OOo Writer 2.0 with Microsoft Word 2003. Both are adequate for most users' purposes, so I focused on functions that power users are likely to want:

  • "Styles
  • "Templates
  • "Outlining
  • "Bulleted and numbered lists..."

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