I came across the “Open Office ” program and felt it might be somewhat interesting. I have never used it as I have always been a “MSOfffice” person for as long as I can remember. Before that I remember using the Lotus version of word processing AmiPro which was a great program in the early to mid ‘90s.

It’s great to see so many new programs being put out almost everyday, and having some great stuff enter the arena FREE OF CHARGE is a moment to celebrate. Everyone specially people in our country, Asia and Africa cannot afford to pay the prices for branded software.

There is a lot of noise about open source programs, but those of us who are not  IT oriented find ourselves a bit lost as there still seems to be no proper promotion of such software. Microsoft and other established software houses have the resources and funds to promote and exhibit their programs, but it still seems like we will have to wait a while longer to feel the real force and use of open source programs which I feel has a great potential especially for personal usage rather than for commercial or corporate clients. I may be wrong, but this is as far as I have heard or come close to using open source programs.

If there is a website that would help me understand more about these programs, please let me know.

Also if any of you are using OpenOffice, please let me know if you find it good/bad/easy to use etc.etc.


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