Microsoft Office and Open Sourced Office Comparison

Differences between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice

  Microsoft Office Open Source
Microsoft Office Logo
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Software Title:  Office 365
 Office 365 (Mac) OpenOffice 4.1.x
LibreOffice 4.1
Applications Included:

Word - word processor
                                Excel - spreadsheet

PowerPoint - presentation

Outlook - personal information management

OneNote - notetaking    

Access - database
                           Publisher - desktop publishing

Word - word processor

Excel - spreadsheet

PowerPoint - presentation

Outlook - personal information management

OneNote - notetaking

Writer - word processor

Calc - spreadsheet

Impress - presentation

Draw - graphics

Base
- database

Math - equation editor 

Writer - word processor

Calc - spreadsheet

Impress - presentation

Draw - graphics and flowcharts

Base - database

Math - equation editor


Processor Requirement:

1 GHz required

1 GHz required

Windows: any

Mac: Intel processor

Windows: any

Mac: Intel processor
Memory / RAM Requirement:

1 GB of RAM for 32-bit systems; 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit processors

1 GB or more

Windows: 512 MB

Mac: 512 MB

Windows: 512 MB

Mac: 512 MB

Hard Disk Space: 3.0 GB 2.5 GB Windows: 650 MB
Mac: 400 MB

Windows: 1.5 GB

Mac: 800 MB

Opperating Systems Supported:

Windows 7, or 8


Mac OS X 10.10.x or later

Windows: Vista, 7, 8

Mac: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

Windows: Vista, 7, 8

Mac: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Price for Students: Free Download Free download Free Download Free download
Price for Departments: Microsoft Campus Agreement Microsoft Campus Agreement Free Download Free download

Additional Information

     Users of OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice should be aware of the following differences from Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.Org and LibreOffice (spun off of OpenOffice.org code) have been in development by the open source community for many years now. Because they are always being updated by the open source developers new versions come out more frequently with more features, yet keep in mind they also come with new bugs. These programs can handle many of Microsoft Office's core features, but they will behave differently. Documents with a lot of formatting in them and layout options along with video will be the hardest to properly convert across platforms, while more common documents and spreadsheets should have no problems.
    Keep in mind that open source alternatives are free, and the best way to get many questions about the program is to download and test them for yourself. Both OpenOffice.Org and LibreOffice are available as free downloads on the web. Also, users may choose to download Sun Microsystem's Staroffice 8.0 which is available with many of the same features as these open source alternatives and more.

    There are many alternatives to Microsoft's Office Suite and depending on your personal requirements, they may or may not be right for you.




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Owner:Karl W.Group:DoIT Tech Store
Created:2004-07-27 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-11-09 17:44 CDT
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