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Washington Post: The Office Suite That Lets You See Past Redmond

May 13, 2002, 22:00 (55 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pegoraro)

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"Then, two Wednesdays ago, OpenOffice.org 1.0 arrived, and Microsoft Office's long winning streak may finally screech to a halt. OpenOffice is what many computer users have been waiting and wishing for: It's free, open-source, Office-compatible and cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Solaris, with a Mac OS X version in early development).

"After using the Windows version of OpenOffice for the past week and a half, I can attest that it either matches or beats Microsoft Office in features and ease of use, at the cost of slower performance on older computers and the occasional slight garbling of complicated Microsoft Office documents. It's hardly perfect, but somebody in Redmond ought to be worried about this program.

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