OpenOffice is one of a number of Micrsoft Office-like app suites which more or less mimic Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Most are open source and free. But does anyone care any more? Isn’t Office merely the 21st century equivalent of DOS?
Mac Office Choices
Microsoft worked feverishly back in the day to make Office– the one with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint– the de facto standard set of computing tools for businesses.
To this day Office remains a cash cow for Microsoft, despite a number of competing products which don’t come with a price tag.
Mac users can choose OpenOffice, which, in many ways, is a superior product to Office.
It comes with Writer to replace Word, Calc to replace Excel, Impress to replace PowerPoint, Draw to replace whatever that crummy drawing app Microsoft provides, Base to replace Microsoft’s database app, and Math to replace the equation editor.
What’s not to like? You get most of the compatibility and familiarity you get with Office, but none of the price tag.
And, OpenOffice runs on Windows.
The problem with Office-like app suites is the same as it is with Office itself.
Both are dinosaurs. And you know what happened to the dinosaurs.
Apple has proven with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote– and made them free and available with an iCloud version– that Office represents a past of clutter and feature creep, of learning curve and training, of expensive ongoing costs.
Microsoft is trying to move Office to the cloud and a subscription service, and expanded Office to run on iOS devices to take advantage of the huge mobile market where the company’s presence is negligible.
If you absolutely positively need a dinosaur suite of apps on your Mac, OpenOffice works well, and so does LibreOffice, which is also free.