Friday, February 12, 2010

OpenOffice.org 3.2 Available

Celebrating its tenth anniversary year, OpenOffice.org announced yesterday the availability of its latest version, OpenOffice.org 3.2, for download. For those of you who are not familiar with it, OpenOffice.org  is a free, open source productivity suite which is comparable to Microsoft Office. This newer version is said to work faster than its predecessors, offers new and improved functions, and increased compatible with other office software. Additionally, previous bugs and security vulnerabilities have been fixed.

According to the OpenOffice.org site, the new features available with the 3.2 release include:
•    Fast start up times
•    Improved compatibility with open standard (ODF) and proprietary file formats
•    Improvements to all components, particularly the Calc spreadsheet, with over a dozen new or enhanced features
•    The Chart module (useable throughout OpenOffice.org) has had a usability makeover as well as offering new chart types.
For the full guide to the new features available with this new release visit http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/3.2/

As always, users are encouraged by the OpenOffice.org community to upgrade to the new release to protect against potential security vulnerabilities. For those of you still using OpenOffice.0rg 2.x series, the support for security patches and bug fixes was discontinued in December 2009 so upgrade is to your advantage and highly recommended.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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Other Links:
“Why OpenOffice.org”
http://why.openoffice.org/

The security bulletin with full details of the potential vulnerabilities fixed
http://www.openoffice.org/security/bulletin.html


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