OpenOffice.org 3.2 Available
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, OpenOffice.org announced today the availability of its latest version, OpenOffice.org 3.2, for download. For those of you not familiar with it, OpenOffice.org is a free, opensource productivity suite which is comparable to Microsoft Office. This newer version is said to work faster than its predecessors, offer new and improved functions, and increased compatiblity with other office software. Additionally, 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 (usable throughout OpenOffice.org) has had a makeover and now offers 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.org 2.x series, the support for security patches and bug fixes was discontinued in December 2009, so upgrading is to your advantage and highly recommended.