Open Office is, as its name suggests, is an open source software package. Completely free to use it allows you to work with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases (much like the Microsoft Office package). The clear difference from Microsoft (apart form free) is uses an international open standard format. It can also read and write files from other common office software packages.
Apache OpenOffice has been in development for over twenty years, so they have ironed out all the bugs which makes for a simple to use and efficient package. Itis easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice straight away.
This is one way of having 'office' standard software without the costs of the buying and maintaining Microsoft products. Some indication is that it has been downloaded over 100,000,000 times!
Please note - we really want to make your creative life more flexible and maximise your resources but PLEASE, make sure you back up ALL your computer filesbefore downloading and installing any new software and make sure it is compatible with your operating system and hardware. We can’t take any responsibility if you ‘fry’ your files or lose your entire digital archive.