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Free and Open Productivity Suite provides a free open source alternative for anyone who does not want to pay for a commercial suite like Microsoft Office, or prefers to use an open-source platform-independent set of applications. includes: a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation application. The interface for these applications will generally be familiar to you, as it is very similar to Microsoft Office. Advantages

  • is free open source software that is platform-independent, so it runs on the Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD operating systems. 
  • can open and edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. It can also save files in a variety of formats, including Adobe PDF. 
  • saves files in the OASIS OpenDocument format by default, which is an international standard for platform-independent office software. This means that anyone can develop new software, for any operating system, that can read files saved in the OpenDocument format. File Formats and Compatibility

Our recommendation for users is to use the default OpenDocument format, but you may want to save a copy in the Microsoft Office format, or the Adobe PDF format, before sharing a file with others who may not use the suite.

If you do decide to download and use, it is important to understand the differences between and Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office will not open files created in the default format at this time, but can save files in the Microsoft Office format.



Open your Web browser and go to Then, click the I WANT TO DOWNLOAD OPENOFFICE.ORG link and follow the on-screen instructions.


Software Vulnerability Notes

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in, as with most other software applications. It is important to make sure you have the latest version of the software to obtain the latest patches and updates. If you are already running, make sure you have version 3.0.0 or later. After you install, you can check for updates from the HELP menu in one of the applications.