Reviews: Microsoft Office vs OpenOffice

So..What to choose: MS Office or OpenOffice?

A short introduction!

I have been using MS Office 2003-2007-2010 for about 8 years. I liked it even when everyone was upset on Microsoft for being a monopolist and evil empire and so on. Several years ago an Open Source software came to life- The OpenOffice.. Well i've been hearing all sort of good and bad things about both. So let us make a side by side of analysis of them and decide whether to stick with paid or switch to free!

BTW: Those people that complained about MS Office and Microsoft, are still using MS Office! Go figure!

So i want this hub to answer these questions:

Is MS Office that good or OpenOffice is underdone? Or is it all about MARKETING!

We will be looking at:

  1. Editions
  2. PC Requirements
  3. PC Resources
  4. Features
  5. Available Formats
  6. Glitches and Bugs
  7. Additional Features
  8. Bonuses
  9. Critics Review
  10. Conclusion!

How they Compare

Equivalents of:
MS Office 2010
OpenOffice 3.2.1
Text Editor
Word
Writer
Table Editor
Excel
Calc
Presentation
PowerPoint
Impress
Info in One place
OneNote
None so far
Email Client
Outlook
None so far
Database
Access
Base
Publications
Publisher
Draw (but not entirely)

MS Editions:

 
Office Home and Student 2010
Home and Business
Professional
Word 2010
Yes
Yes
Yes
Excel 2010
Yes
Yes
Yes
PowerPoint 2010
Yes
Yes
Yes
OneNote 2010
Yes
Yes
Yes
Outlook 2010
 
Yes
Yes
Access 2010
 
 
Yes
Publisher 2010
 
 
Yes

Open Office Editions: (just one but everything included)

 
OpenOffice 3.2.1
What is Does
Writer
Yes
Text Editor
Calc
Yes
Spreadsheets
Draw
Yes
Drawing, flow charts, logos
Impress
Yes
Publisher
Base
Yes
Databases
Math
Yes
Complex math formulas

Here is where you can get OpenOffice for free!

COmputer Requirements for both:

PC Requirements:
MS Office
OpenOffice
Processor
Min. 500 MHz
NA
RAM
Min 256 MB / Best 512 MB
Min 256 MB / Best 512 MB
Hard Disk Space
About 3 GB
About 650 MB
Display
Min. 1024 x 576
1024 x 768
OS
Windows 7, Vista SP1, XP SP3, Server 2008, Server 2003 R2
Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris
Browser
Min. IE 6 (32 Bit)
NA
GPU
Direct X 9.0c with min. 64 MB
NA

Best Features that they are proud of:

 
Best features of MS Office 2010
Best features of OpenOffice
 
Visual Impact - Edit pics Easy
Start Center
 
Boost of Productivity
Native Tables in Impress
 
Easy data management
Spreadsheet sharing
 
Co-Authoring
Improved Crop in Draw and Impress
 
Web Aps: Sky Drive (free virtual space - 25 GB)
Chart Enhancement
 
Improved Auto-Correct
Solver
 
Your Work Protection
Import MS Office 2007 files

Side-by-side review:

 
MS Office 2010
Open Office 3.2.1
User Interface
5
5
Functionality
5
3
Performance
4
4
Support
5
2.5
Value
4
5
Total
23
19.5

As you can see in the results above MS Office is leading in this battle...but not for long unless they can bring to the table better value and performance!

Poll

MS Office or OpenOffice

  • MS Office
  • OpenOffice
  • Both
  • None
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jimmyglaughlin 3 years ago from Colorado

Why pay when OpenOffice is free and works well?

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