KOffice often gets overlooked in favor of rival office suite OpenOffice.org (OOo), which has a wider set of features, corporate backing, and cross-platform compatibility. However, the recent release of the KOffice 1.5 beta makes this a good time to take a closer look at the KDE suite's applications, features, and performance.
In this part I'll start with an overview of KOffice's usability and the applications most likely to be used by the average user: KWord, KSpread, and KPresenter. In part 2, we'll continue with KOffice's other applications.
You can open KOffice applications individually from the desktop menu, or through the KOffice Workspace, which features icons for different document types down the left side of the window, and tabs at the bottom for each open document. It's a convenient way to work with multiple documents. Although icons for tools such as KThesaurus are missing, the Workspace remains a handy desktop organizer, especially on a smaller screen.
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