OpenOffice.org Beta Fails the Office 2007 Test
May 09, 2008, 15:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)
"I'm not embarrassed to admit it: I'm a big fan of Office 2007.
I think Microsoft got a lot right with its latest release, starting
with the ribbon interface and including any number of tweaks and
improvements that make my day easier. I can't say I'm thrilled
about the price of the suite, however; nor the countless SKUs to
choose from. Plus, I'm also a big Linux fan. That's why I always
try to keep my eye on the current state of OpenOffice.org, the open
source office suite founded by Sun Microsystems.
"OpenOffice.org 3.0 has just entered public beta,and it promises
plenty of improvements from the previous version. Mac users, in
particular, will be pleased with the new native Aqua UI.
Unfortunately, however, the one feature that I was really looking
forward to on the Windows side--compatibility with the Office 2007
XML file formats--could still clearly use a lot of work..."