Microsoft Office 2007 Pro and Ultimate require about half a gig of free space. Also note the significant extra memory required to run each additional Microsoft application. With openoffice.org all modules run using only a slight increase in incremental system resources for each additional module launched.
Both feature: Formatting Different editing vies spelling/thesaurus Auto correct,format text Versioning tracking changes, red-lines and notes Header/footer, table of contents, index foot notes etc. Web publishing Web editing Saving to server Document sharing server Save presentations as self-running web pages Built in PDF Export And running XSLT Scripts (Office Pro only)
Open office provides a powerful database frontend. Autopilots helping you at the creation of database tables, forms, reports and queries. Use the powerful HSQL file format to save your forms, reports and queries with the data in a single file. Microsoft office provides the access database with the Professional version of the office suite only!
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System Requirements Description OpenOffice.org Microsoft Office 2007 Hardware architecture PC Sun SPARC PC Memory 128MB 512MB Hard Disk Space 350 MB + 130MB optional languages Standard:1.5GB Pro:2.0 GB Ultimate:3.0GB Video 800x600 or high-res graphic device 256 colors Super VGA (1024X7686) or higher 256+ colors OS Supported Windows 98, ME Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista Solaris OE Linux x86 OS X Windows XP, 2003, Vista OS X
OpenOffice.org software offers the spreadsheet functionality very similar to Excel. Both are highly programmable applications, with hundreds of built-in functions. OpenOffice.org Software's language independent API's make adding more functionally very easy.
A Variety of Charting options are available in both the suites. 79 different chart types in OpenOffice.org vs. 73 in Office.
OpenOffice.org software provides excellent context menus (accessible by right mouse clicking), giving users quick access to functionality relevant to the task at hand and keeps the traditional way of working with a windows application.
Also OpenOffice.org Software utilizes the concept “everything in one place” so all tools to perform a related task are grouped together, making them easier to find.
OpenOffice.org is free; however,for U.S. based non-profit organizations,Office 2003 is also almost free. For the rest of us we are looking at $400 to $680.
Updates to OpenOffice.org are also free. Microsoft has suite updates where the entire program changes costing us between $240 to $540.
OpenOffice.org has code beyond a company... Because the source code is available, OpenOffice is not dependent on its current crop of developers. Good code does not disappear even if the company falters.
OpenOffice uses Open Standards... any other software that supports these standards can read and write OpenOffice.org documents.