OpenOffice is a comprehensive, free, open and multi-platform office software suite.
- comprehensive: OpenOffice includes word processing (Writer), a spreadsheet program (Calc), presentation software (Impress), vector graphics software (Draw) and a database (Base).
- free: you can install OpenOffice on as many computers as you like; you can give it to your employees, colleagues, family or friends.
- open: OpenOffice stores documents in an international open standard format: OpenDocument format. It can also read and write documents in the majority of Microsoft Office suite formats. In addition, OpenOffice is extensible: it is possible to add new functionalities, which integrate seamlessly into the user interface. OpenOffice can also be integrated into the information system.
- multi-platform: OpenOffice is available for the main operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (Ubuntu, etc.) and Solaris.
OpenOffice allows you to optimize control of your information system and the costs associated with it. Not only is it free to use, but you are free to choose the operating system you want to use. If you use a proprietary operating system, such as Windows or Mac OS X, you can keep your current operating system or change to a free OS, like Ubuntu. When you use OpenOffice, you are no longer at the mercy of a software company that may force you to purchase costly updates at regular intervals. With OpenOffice you can focus your financial outlay on developing functionalities specific to your business, which, by definition, cannot be provided in standard software packages. Using OpenOffice means better productivity while controlling costs.
Using OpenOffice means you retain a great degree of flexibility as regards the number of users, the operating system(s) you use, file formats, adapting the software suite to your needs and its integration as part of the information system.
With so many advantages, OpenOffice is used by an increasing number of companies of all sizes and public administrations, putting it second only to Microsoft Office for office software suites worldwide.