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OOo PotM: the Irish community

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standardsandfreedom.net: Recently at OpenOffice.org we have decided to give more highlight to our many native-language communities, who are in charge not just of localization, but also QA, users support, documentation translation and marketing. This month, we start with the Irish native-language project, lead by Kevin Scannell.

Cool OpenOffice.org Easter Eggs

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junauza.com: Since it's almost Easter Sunday, I will be sharing with you several cool virtual Easter eggs hidden inside some of our favorite software applications. Today, we will take a look at OOo.

Head to Head: Office 2010 vs Open Office 3.1

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itpro.co.uk: It's a battle of the office productivity suites as we look at how Office 2010 shapes up against its main open alternative. We find out which is best in this head to head review.

OpenOffice4Kids - Educating kids the right way

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dedoimedo.com: Office suites are mainly intended for adults. But sometimes, kids write too. And when they do, they work with tools intended for their parents, functionality and looks wise. This makes the chance of a child liking big, complex word processors and spreadsheet software less likely. This is exactly what OpenOffice4Kids.

Tips to help users migrate to OpenOffice

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ghacks.net: The office suite. Ah the importance you hold over the PC user. You help our business to flow, you help us to draft our papers and novels, and you help us communicate. But what of those users who previously were using Microsoft Office or any other office suite?

OpenOffice.org: The Need for Style

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blog.worldlabel.com: Office applications like OpenOffice.org can bring out the worst in people. The same people who wouldn’t dream of driving a car without a few lessons will start pounding away in a word processor as though it were a typewriter, ignoring basic features like styles and templates.

OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

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channelregister.co.uk: If you've ever tried opening or converting .docx and other Microsoft Office 2007 file formats outside of Office 2007 itself, you've likely pounded your head against more than a few walls. That should be a thing of the past with OpenOffice 3.2.

Open Office 3.2: Faster, More Office Compatibility

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earthweb.com: The concept of an office suite, with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, is one that is well understood by users, which is also why it's often difficult to improve them. Users already expect their office suites to do certain things, making the job of office suite developers often one of fit and finish.

OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 officially released today

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blogs.sun.com: At the start of its tenth anniversary year, and with over three hundred million downloads recorded in total, the OpenOffice.org Community today announced the release of the latest version of its personal productivity suite, OpenOffice.org 3.2.

OpenOffice trouble, again, again, again

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blog.flameeyes.eu: I’m definitely reaching my limit with OpenOffice. I’m not just going to bless OpenOffice as perfection just because it’s Free, it’ll have to improve for that.

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