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October 20, 2005 2.0 Ships

Nate Mook at BetaNews:

After over two years in development, the final version of 2.0 has been made available for download. The productivity suite offers a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation builder and a database — all for free and available in 36 languages for Windows and Unix based platforms.

Perhaps the most notable addition in 2.0 is support for the OASIS OpenDocument format, which could prove to be the first true rival to Microsoft’s proprietary Office formats. OpenDocument is a completely open standard that has been chosen for use by several countries and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

More feature details by following the link. Right now seems to be hammered by downloaders, but BetaNews is providing their own download mirror for the versions for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and MacOS.

Posted at 11:39 am. Filed under Companies, Office software, OpenOffice, Software

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    [...] There’s also another problem for home users which Mossberg mentions and Microsoft Watch’s Joe Wilcox describes at more length. In a nutshell, 80% of the Microsoft Office 2003 retail store sales are for the Student and Teacher Edition which allows installation on 3 computers of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for the relative bargain price of $150. It is supposed to be for households which include either a student or a teacher, but no one ever enforced that restriction. For Office 2007 the Student and Teacher Edition has morphed into the Home and Student Edition but along the way the Outlook email client got dropped and and OneNote (a note taking application) got added, so if you want Outlook 2007, you’ll have to shell out more. You can either bite the bullet or try a free alternative to Outlook like Thunderbird, but for that matter there are free alternatives to Office as well (e.g. OpenOffice) which is a subject for a whole other post. [...]

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