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Business Acceptance keeps Pace with Home

Latin America Lags in Prevalence

Little Difference in Gender Acceptance

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  1. BM Says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    I used this word processor called FlyWord and it lacked essential features. As a result I’m only gonna use Microsoft Office or Word Perfect Office. I’m not very trusting of most of the freeware out there. Mind you I’ve found some freeware that’s good, but most of it isn’t. is not freeware, however, so don’t bother painting it with the same brush as FlyWord if FlyWord is freeware. Freeware is software developed by proprietary companies and provided for free, sometimes to persuade you to use their other software, sometimes for other reasons. is Open Source Software. Open Source is all about developers working either alone, or together with a community or backed by a corporation to develop a tool that they want to use, and then making it available to others, usually for little or no cost.

  2. Below is a link to the download page.

    There should be a large green download arrow towards the top of the page. When I clicked on the arrow, it took me to a new page that allowed me to start the free download. There was a message on that page to “Please Contribute”, but the download was available without any contribution. (Note: in IE, I had to click on the yellow security bar located above the screen to start the download).

    OpenOffice is totally free to download and use. My recommendation is to download and try the product to see if you like it. If the application is something that you like and will use, then you can decide if you want to make a contribution to the project. It is totally up to you.

  3. Where can I find the FREE software??
    When I went to I was directed to a payment page from the Downloads section… 🙁

  4. I’ve been using the calculate (Excel) and letter writer (Word)for about a year. Yes, there are some quirks (frustrations), but overall it’s a good piece of free software.

  5. hi,
    I thougt free meant that you did not have to pay for it,
    the first thing they asked for was my credit card details.

  6. As most of my work is with databases and spreadsheets I find it easier to stick to Microsoft Office, Office 2003 that is, Office 2007 is a disaster in my opinion. I dont’ think OO is really suitable for serious database and spreadsheet work.

  7. There’s on fly in the OO ointment that may not bother most folks (make that U.S. folks) but is a show stopper for me. I have hundreds, if not thousands of spreadsheets that use either ISO (2009-01-25) or European (25-01-2009) date standards. OO is stuck in the U.S. standard (01-25-2009). It’s a bug in OO that has gone on for over 7 years without much attention. When date sorts are important OO misses the boat by a wide margin and therefore is useless to heavy spreadsheet users.

  8. Regarding ‘leonsls’s (unposted) comment; I dare you to just try to uninstall Microsoft Office Home and Student! Good luck!!!

  9. I love Open Office, though Gmail can open/run certain common files that expect a paid product to open/run. My preferred version of Open Office is the portable version at

    Reliable, trustworthy, I’m locked out of nothing. It helps me keep my reliance on Microsoft to a safe minimum.

  10. I find OO an outstanding alternative. It is feature rich and easier to use. Perhaps some had not used or upgrade OO lately because addons are available that resolve the issue of templates and artwork. As a matter of fact a addon that links to the largest clipart web site on the Internet is free. Templates seem to be migrating toward toward the same clipart resolution. Guess they just need more time.

    Regarding uninstallation. I have never had that problem and have uninstalled lots of times on XP and Vista machines. Why, because one of the shortcomings of OO is when a new major release comes about you have to remove the old version to upgrade to the new. Not hard, just time consuming because any savy user always runs a good Registry cleaner and disk cleaner to ensure stuff is not left over that may surface at a later date. This is not a OO flaw. 98% of software leaves entries in the registry as well as now abandoned folders. Don’t believe me, try uninstalling MS Office, Adobe, Norton, just to name a few.

    No disrespect to the user regarding freeware, but my PCs have always had more freeware than buyware. Perhaps an advantage I have is over twenty years of technical experience that permits easier decision making on what to keep and what to uninstall. Frankly, most buyware now days as just as much malware or adware as the less than ethical freeware companies. There are plenty of freeware products that can be installed to protect the PC from all evil sources whether they be buyware or freeware.

    Just IMHO.

  11. I’ve used MS Office and Open Office extensively and have found Open Office to be every bit as good if not better than MS Office. When you consider the price difference, there is no contest!
    I’ve even been able to sync Open Office spreadsheets (saved with an Excel file extension) with my Palm Pilot using Documents to Go.
    The only thing it’s lacking, is support for Office 2007 file formats, a bigger selection of templates and clip art.

  12. I used this word processor called FlyWord and it lacked essential features. As a result I’m only gonna use Microsoft Office or Word Perfect Office. I’m not very trusting of most of the freeware out there. Mind you I’ve found some freeware that’s good, but most of it isn’t.

  13. The attach rate question and answer by Lyle Schuknecht makes sense because how would anyone know who had what in their pc. except by a scan as PCPitstop does. Also look at the numbers 4 or 20. Actually 4 or 4 percent of X number…and how many is “X”.
    Stats can be skewed anyway you want.
    I also note there is no comparison between Windows Office and Open Office (or any other office suite) on “X” number of computers used.

    I have tried O.O. and for the limited amount of office stuff I got to do, I find it having “cool” features that MS Office does not, and the price is nothing to complain about.
    It seems that every program out there has a shortcoming somewhere.

  14. Apparently, negative reviews don’t get posted.

    I did not like open office and had a hard time removing it. It leaves behind too much garbage

  15. I tried it out twice. I didn’t like it.

    My problem was I couldn’t remove it. It only partially uninstalls and I had to physically go into my program files and remove the rest. I’m not an expert, and I know that some registry crumbs may be left behind when when you uninstall a program, but half the install files were left behind including desktop short cuts. I don’t trust a program you can’t easily remove.

    How much other crap is it going to leave behind when I delete a file or something.

    It cost a bit, but I went with Microsoft Office Home and Student and like it a lot more.

  16. Thanks for your comment. I calculated the percent increase by taking the change in percentage for the period (10% = 15% – 5%) and divided it by the starting amount for the period of 5%. (10 / 5 = 2 or 200%).

  17. Attach rate goes from about 5% to nearly 16%, but the pop-up tooltip declares that a 200% increase. Strange math to me.

    The old math I use would call that a 300% increase.

  18. You can also use Neo office the Mac version of open office. Since both Microsoft’s and Apple’s version of Office software is just too high for my taste I find this a welcome alternative. Apple doesn’t have a database equivalent of Access and a basic version Microsoft Office no longer comes with one, the Neo/Open office software is even more attractive. My only problem is with users who forget to change the default extention to rtf so that everyone can open files, but with the new version of Office the default extension isn’t .doc either.

    Open source rocks

  19. Attach Rate is the percentage of PC’s that had the software installed. This is based on the PCs that ran the PC Pitstop online tests.

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