3.2 Released

At the start of it’s tenth anniversary 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, 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 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 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 3.2, the Community   had formally announced the “End-Of-Life” (EOL) status for the legacy 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 version 3.x

You can download 3.2 from here and read about it’s new features in detail here .

At the dawn of 2010, 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.

  • Indian Art

    As a user of OpenOffice for years, I have been pleasantly surprised how this excellent word processor keeps getting better.

    With the Release of 3.2, I hope it gets more widespread usage from people, that it truly deserves.

  • Andy Olson

    OpenOffice and other free open source software are still not compatible when using their own document formats like ODF.

    When creating a document in ODF and opening it in another open source office suite or word processor, all the formatting have been corrupted. Try that with MS office and you will see why most people still like to use it.

    On the other hand, I will never pay for software when free alternatives are available. That is why I tend to favour SSuite Office’s free office software.

    Their software don’t need to run on Java or .NET, so it makes their software very small and efficient. {}

  • Mr Negative

    OpenOffice is loosing ground to the competition, no matter what improvements they make. Ubuntu Linux just dropped it from it's operating systems and replaced it with Google Docs.

    OpenOffice will never be able to match MS Office or SSuite Office for speed. OpenOffice still needs Java to run on.

    But if you are looking for something free and just as good, you should try SSuite Office for a free office suite.

    • Mr Positive

      This user is not very well informed.
      Try and re-research about the "Google Docs" issue.

      Maybe a spammer. meh