Difference between Microsoft® Office 2010 and OpenOffice.org™
OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office 2010 are the two office productivity suites with a slew of new and improved features such as improvements in user interface, layout and design.
OpenOffice.org is available for a number of different computer operating systems. Distributed as a free software and written using GUI toolkit, its latest version, OpenOffice.org 3.2, comes with features for money conscious office and home users. It provides support for the latest Microsoft Office XML format. With a look and feel that is similar to Microsoft Office 2003, it is now possible to migrate your documents, spread sheets, etc. from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.ogr.
Microsoft Office 2010 is the latest version of Microsoft Office suite from Microsoft. It includes extended file compatibility, friendly user interface and a refined user experience.
Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org are similar in more than one way. OpenOffice.org Base is similar to Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint is matched with OpenOffice.org Impress, for Microsoft Visio, there is OpenOffice.org Draw. Though, there might be similarities with the applications of both the office suites, there are a lot of differences also.
- Word Processors, Microsoft Office Word 2010 vs OpenOffice Writer
- Spreadsheets, Microsoft Excel 2010 vs OpenOffice.org Calc
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 vs OpenOffice.org Impress
However, unlike Microsoft Office 2010, OpenOffice.org doesn’t offer any e-mail clients. You will need to download and use e-mail clients like Mozilla Thunderbird, etc. with OpenOffice.org, which are available for free download.
The basic difference between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office 2010 starts with the display and interface. While Microsoft Office 2010 uses Fluent User Interface i.e. ribbons, replacing menus and taskbars with a combination of both, OpenOffice.org still uses menus and taskbars.
Microsoft Office Word vs OpenOffice.org Writer –
Microsoft Word is the ideal Word Processor for casual users and office goers. From the templates and content pages to tables and bullets, Word offers libraries for standard layout, a feature that is limited in OpenOffice.org Writer. This leaves you with an option to download or create your own templates in OpenOffice.org Writer. But it does provide you with intermediate layout program. The layout features like Kerning, hyphenation, exact positioning of bullets, header, footers and footnotes etc are better defined that Microsoft Word.
Microsoft Excel vs OpenOffice.org Calc –
OpenOffice.org Calc and Microsoft Excel have been at loggerheads for years now. The moment there is an improvisation with Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice.org Calc comes up with something new. In fact, OpenOffice.org Calc comes with more functions than Microsoft Excel which make it more sought after than Microsoft Excel. Though, the basic difference between Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice.org Calc are with the names, like Microsoft Excel refers to ‘Pivot Tables’ and ‘Trace Precedents,” whereas OpenOffice.org Calc refers to them as “Data-pilots” and “Detectives.”
Though OpenOffice.org Impress and Microsoft PowerPoint are very similar when you try to create slide shows. Everything comes as it is in Microsoft PowerPoint and OpenOffice.org Impress except for similes that don’t appear in OpenOffice.org Impress.
If we talk from a cost perspective, OpenOffice.org is, any day, a better choice than Microsoft Office because with OpenOffice.org a lot of features are free. But when you need to share files and documents need to be accessed by multiple users, Microsoft Office proves to be a step-ahead. However, since these two office suites have compatibility issues, it is not possible to use both on a network to share files and documents.
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