Today a friend of mine asked if I had Microsoft Powerpoint. I do have Microsoft Powerpoint, but it is a commericial piece of software that is a part of the Microsoft Office suite. This means that it can not be legally distributed to others without paying additional licensing fees. My friend claims that he needs Microsoft PowerPoint to complete his school project. He is wrong. So what does he need? He needs a piece of software that can create PowerPoint compatible documents.
Enter OpenOffiice. The OpenOffice program suite is a completely free package of programs that can be used in the place of the costly Microsoft Office suite. OpenOffice is developed and produced by volunteer programmers and is available for anyone to download and use at any time. Microsoft Office can cost between $200 – $300, so using OpenOffice can save you a substantial amount of money.
I always recommend OpenOffice when people ask me about Microsoft Office. Personally, I have used OpenOffice many times to complete school projects and assignments. All of these OpenOffice built assignments have been a great success. Just remember to save your OpenOffice projects in the appropriate file format to ensure that they will be compatible with Microsoft Office. If you have already used Microsoft Office, you should know the correct file format to save your OpenOffice documents to ensure compatibility. For example, Microsoft Word uses .DOC, PowerPoint uses .PPT and Excel uses .XLS.