Posted 30 May 2005 - 02:16 PM
Open Office is like Microsoft Office, combining word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program. It should be able to open and work on MS Office files. Unlike MS Office, it's free, it's Open Source. Like Linux, Open Source software is made by volunteers and can be revised and enhanced because the source code for the programs is readily available to individual programmers.
The Firefox browser is Open Source, as is Mozilla Thunderbird, both of which I use. If you go to the link provided by tg1911 and click on the tabs across the top, you can learn much more about the program. This is a good, free alternative to those who cannot or do not want to pay for products like MS Office.
If you want to download and try it, use the 'latest stable release 1.1.4' and once it's installed, you can add the Security Patch for 1.1.4.