Today I was trying to figure out what I could share because I haven’t really had time to FIND new things lately. Then I remembered all the drama I’ve been through changing computer this past week.
I know EVERYONE out there has heard of Microsoft Office. Where would we be without it!? Last week my computer was being rebuilt (It was 7 so it went in to retirement) and I was using a computer that was temporary. Well it didn’t have Office on it and I didn’t have a copy of the program at work. I didn’t know what to do!! So, I called down to the computer place asking how long it was going to take because I MUST have my computer back ASAP since I was missing key programs that I have to use every single day. My computer guy told me about a program that is just like Microsoft Office but 100% FREE! It’s called Open Office and you can download it at www.download.com. It’s ranked #1 in Office Suites and has had over 4 MILLION downloads.
I’m very picky and careful about what I download at work because we have to make sure that privacy is our #1 priority. This is a website that I highly trust and recommend using if you need to download a program. Some other favorite downloads: AVG virus protection, Malware, & Adobe.
Ok back to Open Office … You can use this program just like you would normally use Microsoft Office. It contains a place to create Text Documents (Word), Spreadsheets (Excel), Presentation (PowerPoint), & Database (Access). It even has options to make drawings and create formulas for your documents. Now my main concern: Is it compatible with Microsoft Office programs? Yes it is! When you save a file just make sure to click the drop down menu under where you would type in the file name. It is says Save File As:. Then just click on Microsoft ____ (Word, Excel, etc) 97/2000/XP (.doc). 90% of people with Microsoft Office will have one of these versions.
If you are like me and watching your budget this is GREAT news. The Microsoft Office Suite ranges from $149 to $499 depending upon which version you need. Even the bottom price is expensive to me! So if you are in need of this type of program or find yourself one day changing computers check this out!!
Now head over to Janette’s blog and see what other finds have been linked up!