A Mac alternative to the Microsoft Office 2008 upgrade...NeoOffice

As Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols point out in his eWeek article yesterday, you do have an alternative to shelling out some bucks for the new Microsoft Office 2008 upgrade, due out the next couple of weeks.

If you get a chance, try out NeoOffice, now version 2.2.2. This is a Mac OS X version, of the popular OpenOffice.org suite. It uses the Mac OS X Aqua interface as opposed to the X11 requirements of OpenOffice.

Although I have Microsoft Office 2004 on my Macs and agree that it's one of the better running apps on my Mac, I honestly haven't used it since I've installed NeoOffice over 2 years ago. Yes, NeoOffice is a bit slower, yes, it is a bit buggy, but I can edit any Microsoft Office document, presentation or spreadsheet all for the price of $0.

So, before you shell out $150-$300 for Microsoft Office 2008, just give NeoOffice 2.2.2 a test drive. It might surprise you.

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Why using NeoOffice when an Aqua based OpenOffice.org version is on it's way. Current snapshot build is available from http://download.openoffice.org/680/index.html
It's still a long way to go (for a release) but it's already usable...

Posted by Joost Andrae on January 04, 2008 at 12:54 AM CST #

Joost, Thanks for the comment. I wasn't aware of the Aqua based OpenOffice.org version. I'll definitely give it a spin.

Posted by Terry Sigle on January 04, 2008 at 02:40 AM CST #

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