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Chapter 1. ✓ Start Here > What OpenOffice.org Is and What OpenOffice.org Does

What OpenOffice.org Is and What OpenOffice.org Does

OpenOffice.org is a set of integrated programs maintained by the OpenOffice.org team that you download from the OpenOffice.org Web site. Talk about name branding!

Originally, a German company named StarDivision created StarOffice in the mid-1980s. Sun Microsystems purchased StarOffice in 1999 and added features, lowered the price (to free), and changed the name to OpenOffice.org. OpenOffice.org works on the Windows, Linux, Macintosh, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems too. Current versions of OpenOffice.org share most features and an almost identical interface with Sun Microsystem's StarOffice package, a suite offered for sale as another alternative to Microsoft Office.


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