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9 Must-Have OpenOffice Extensions

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| Like Firefox, OpenOffice also comes with extensions that you can use to
| improve its functionality. Here, we have tested all the extensions and sorted
| out those that are useful for everyday use. Some of them are for general use
| while some are only meant for Writer, Calc or Impress. (For those who haven’t
| heard about OpenOffice before, it’s a popular free alternative to Microsoft
| Office)
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http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/9-must-...ce-extensions/


Recent:

Five Useful Extensions for OpenOffice.org

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| Want to expand OpenOffice.org's default functionality? The official extension
| repository has quite a few extensions you can use to add some nifty features
| to the productivity suite. Precisely which extensions you might find useful
| depends, of course, on your particular needs, but there are at least five
| extensions that deserve a closer look no matter how you use OpenOffice.org.
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http://www.linux-magazine.com/online...openoffice_org
http://tinyurl.com/67syvo


OpenOffice.org Breaks Records Everywhere

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| All around the world, it seems, people just can't get enough of this amazing
| free office suite, which is now turning in serious market shares in some
| countries. For, example, according to this report, there are now 12 million
| users in Brazil, representing fully 25% of the entire office market there.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/commu...1369&blogid=14


BrOffice, the Brazilian OpenOffice, with a life of its own

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| This is affirmed in practice by articles on BrOffice’s website, describing
| how the Digital Program of Paraná State has installed 40,000 copies of
| BrOffice.org at 2,000 state schools, which is 95.24% of the schools of in the
| state of Paraná. Another impressive number is that the House of
| Representatives of Brazil saved R$5 Million (USD$3 Million) by adopting
| BrOffice.org as their office suite.
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http://news.northxsouth.com/2008/08/...fe-of-its-own/


Open Office vs. MS Office - the Other Key to Windows/Linux Transition

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| So, if your excuse for not giving Linux a try was that you needed to be able
| to work with your Office documents... well, you just ran out of excuses.
| Think of what you will gain, too! No more suffering through all the
| gratuitous menu/toolbar/button changes that Microsoft makes in every new
| Office release. No more suffering through incompatible file formats between
| releases, which Microsoft seems to do every two or three releases - this is
| the second time it has happened that I can recall, and I assume that the
| recent OOXML debacle means that there is another change coming in the next
| Office release. Best of all, no more having to pay to upgrade to the new
| version every time Microsoft sees fit.
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http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,...498448b,00.htm


The State of Kedah moves to OpenOffice.org

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| A case study submitted to the Open Source Competency Center by the Center of
| Information Technology, Office of the Chief Minister and State Secretary of
| Kedah, has indicated that OpenOffice.org has been installed in 70% of the
| computers in the Kedah state government agencies. There are currently 2,202
| installed seats and by the looks of it, the numbers will just keep rising!
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http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2008...tudy-on-t.html


announcing the winner of the splash screen poll

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| I'd like to announce the winner of the splash screen poll. We had a total of
| 789 votes, which is a quite good count! The winner is
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http://ooomarketing.blogspot.com/200...reen-poll.html


The entire State of Pahang moves to OpenOffice.org

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| Its just been made official that the State of Pahang is migrating all its
| productivity suites to OpenOffice.org. This succint memo from the State
| Secretary of Pahang entitled "Perlaksanaan Penggunaan Perisian OpenOffice.Org
| Di Semua Agensi dan Pentadbiran Negeri" (translated: "Implementation of
| OpenOffice.org suite in all State Agencies and Administrative centres")
| outlines the reasons for migrating, the benefits and how to proceed.
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http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2008...tire-stat.html


90 things that are the same in Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org

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| I've put together three articles, showing tasks that are the same between
| Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org.
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http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffi...officeorg.html


The Fall of Microsoft Office

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| On the same day that the state of New York published a report supporting open
| formats for electronic documents, mighty Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) said that
| it would support the open-source ODF format in Office 2007. Redmond's own
| Open Office XML specification may be heading for the great Recycle Bin in the
| sky, never to come back.
|
| [...]
|
| I can't say that Google or Sun or anybody else just won a bigger share of the
| office software market, and if they did, it won't help their revenue or
| profits directly anyway. But it's clear as day that Microsoft just took a
| serious hit, and the impact may take a long time to make itself felt but it
| will come.
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http://www.fool.com/investing/genera...ft-office.aspx


Is Microsoft Office in trouble?

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| And, now Microsoft isn't hurrying to support its own format, but it is moving
| to support PDF and ODF... Could it be that all those copies of Office 2007
| Microsoft boasts of selling are collecting dust at reseller and retailer
| warehouses instead of being used on office systems? Could users be sticking
| with their older copies of Office and when they do want to move to something
| newer, they're moving to OpenOffice and Google instead?
|
| Interesting isn't it?
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/is_mi...ice_in_trouble


Microsoft can’t support Open XML

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| If Microsoft can’t give users a compelling reason to switch from their old
| version of Office to Office 14 their cash-flow is going to slow down
| considerably.
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http://practical-tech.com/business/m...port-open-xml/


Is Office the new Netscape?

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| One of the cornerstones of Microsoft's competitive strategy over the years
| has been to redefine competitors' products as features of its own products.
| Whenever some upstart PC software company started to get traction with a new
| application - the Netscape browser is the most famous example - Microsoft
| would incorporate a version of the application into its Office suite or
| Windows operating system, eroding the market for the application as a
| standalone product and starving its rival of economic oxygen (ie, cash). It
| was an effective strategy as well as a controversial one.
|
| Now, though, the tables may be turning. Google is trying to pull a Microsoft
| on Microsoft by redefining core personal-productivity applications -
| calendars. word processing, spreadsheets, etc. - as features embedded in
| other products. There's a twist, though. Rather than just incorporating the
| applications as features in its own products, Google is offering them up to
| other companies, particularly big IT vendors, to incorporate as features in
| their products.
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http://www.roughtype.com/archives/20...f_the_corn.php


Microsoft earnings post-mortem: The cash cows quiver

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| I can’t help but wonder if the lackluster Windows/Office results also can be
| attributed to Microsoft brass’s complete and crazy obsession with Google (and
| taking over Yahoo) has resulted in no one minding the Windows store. Kevin
| Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division seems to be so
| laser-focused on the online-ad business these days that he almost seems to
| have forgotten Microsoft is still in the software business, too.
|
| Microsoft execs’ claims about walking away from the Yahoo deal are nothing
| more than bluster. A protracted hostile takeover bid is just going to
| distract not just employees in Microsoft’s online services business, but
| company management, too. It’s not a pretty picture.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1362


Open Office sweeps Sourceforge awards

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| This must have left a mark on Microsoft.
|
| Microsoft was the diamond sponsor for this year’s Sourceforge Community
| Choice Awards, culminating last night in a party at the Jupiter Hotel in
| Portland.
|
| The big winner? Open Office. It swept the awards for top project, top
| enterprise project, and top project in education.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=2695
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