At the start of it’s tenth anniversary OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 was officially relased today, a week after the 5th Release Candidate (RC 5) had been released.
For those who don’t know, OpenOffice.org is the leading open source, cross-platform software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It can be used as an alternative to Microsoft’s Office tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.
Since the release of OpenOffice.org 3.0, just about a year ago, there have been more than 100 million downloads and it remains one of the largest open source application projects out there.
Apart from fixing a number of bugs and numerous potential security vulnerabilities, the following are some of the features of the new OpenOffice.org 3.2 :
- Upto 40% faster startup time
- Support for open standards like ODF
- Support for Propreitary formats and better compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007
- Support for Postscript based commercial and free OpenType fonts for formatting, printing and display.
A few weeks before the Release of OpenOffice.org 3.2, the OpenOffice.org Community had formally announced the “End-Of-Life” (EOL) status for the legacy OpenOffice.org version 2.x series of it’s productivity suite. This meant that support with patches, bugfixes and security updates is no longer available from the Community for these or before releases. It thus becomes imperative for the user to upgrade to OpenOffice.org version 3.x
At the dawn of 2010, OpenOffice.org 3.2 seems to be the first and only complete Office application suite out of the kilns which has made an official release. It would be interesting to see how other Office suites compare to this release.