"The concept of an office suite, with word processing,
spreadsheet and presentation software, is one that is well
understood by users, which is also why it's often difficult to
improve them. Users already expect their office suites to do
certain things, making the job of office suite developers often one
of fit and finish.
"That's the case with the new open source OpenOffice.org 3.2
(OOo) office suite release this week.
"OOo is included in nearly every Linux vendor's distribution
while also being available for a number of other operating systems,
including Windows. With the OOo 3.2 release, developers have fixed
bugs, made the suite faster and improved compatibility with file
formats from Microsoft.
"The release also comes during a period of transition, as Sun
Microsystems -- the leader of the OOo effort -- is now part of
Oracle. While Sun has been directing OOo, it has been joined by
multiple participants in the OOo ecosystem, among them Novell,
which considers itself to be the No. 2 contributor to OOo