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Can’t afford Microsoft Office? There may be an alternative

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http://www.liberiangeek.net – If Microsoft Office is just too expensive for you, there’s a compelling alternative to Office called OpenOffice, and it’s free. OpenOffice is not just free but an open-source project that has the backing of some big companies and millions of followers dedicated to make it the leading international office suite that run on all major computing platform. It is also fair to say that OpenOffice can handle any documents and whatever office tasks you throw at it.   With the release of version 3.2 today, many who already used OpenOffice will benefit from new features added to the program. Some of the improvements announced in the new version are: Faster startup time ODF and Microsoft Office support Change in Menu Enhancements to statistical functions New chart types local language support and many more Documents created and saved in Microsoft Office can now be opened in OpenOffice without much of problem and vice versa.   To download and test a copy of OpenOffice to see if its fits your needs click here.   1) Click Run when prompted and continue with the installation.       2) Click Next to continue. Next click the Unpack button to unpack the files.       3) Click the Next button to continue. On the next screen , enter your name and organization information. Organization name is not necessary.       4) Choose to install the complete package and click Next. On the next screen, click Install to install the program.       5) Click Finish and go to Start –> Programs –> OpenOffice.org 3.2 folder. Here you’ll see the complete suite of office utilities All Programs.         6) Click on OpenOffice.org folder to open all utilities in the suite. To open individual utility, click in it. If you’re used to Microsoft Office, the names here will throw you off a bit.       7) OpenOffice Writer is the same as Word in Microsoft Office.       Calc is the same as Microsoft Excel.         9) Impress is the same as Microsoft PowerPoint.       Download it and enjoy your free office suite. If you can afford to spend $300 to $400 bucks on Microsoft Office, then Office is a better option since it is the most popular office utility on the market. If you can’t afford to spend that much on any office suite, then OpenOffice is the way to go. Join the forum discussion on this post — (1) Posts (HowTos)