by Rob Wicker
If you’re like me, parting with money to buy new software is not high on my priority list. I will even delay upgrading my computer just so that I can use all of the software that is compatible with my current operating system.
The good news is that when money is tight, you can sometimes find software options that are inexpensive or even free. For example, the suggested retail price for Microsoft Office Professional 2010 is $499.00. The Microsoft Office Home & Business Edition is $279.00. Here is an option to the Microsoft Office products. OpenOffice.org 3 is a mature, open-source office productivity software that contains solutions for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing/graphics and databases.
The user interface is friendly and remains consistent throughout each application. If you know Microsoft Office, the switch to OpenOffice will be an easy one. OpenOffice will even open your documents, spreadsheets and presentations that were created in other office productivity suites. OpenOffice will run on Windows, GNU/Linux, Sun Solaris, and Apple Mac computers. It is very easy to install, learn and use. You can obtain the software here:
The suggested retail price for OpenOffice.org 3 is $0.00. The tax on $0.00 is also $0.00. So, that’s my two cents, and by my calculations you’re two cents ahead with a pocket full of new software – a great place to be in any economy.