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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Getting rid of Microsoft Works. Get a better office suite for FREE!

Dear relatives,
We have some folks, world-wide, who are using Microsoft Works. This is a program that comes with computers as they are bought. It is part of the “package” software. I am asking you to please, please do not use this software when sharing documents, presentations, spreadsheet, etc. to the groups (or anyone else you converse with).

The Problem
The problem with Microsoft Works is that when files are saved, the file format is only useable to those folks who happen to have Microsoft Works.

FREE alternative choice! OpenOffice and LibreOffice

These two office suites have a document program as well as spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, database programs and others.
They will allow you to save documents (or whatever you are working on) in a format that is compatible with the rest of the world: the formats are world standard file formats.

Here are two wonderful office suites for FREE.
  1. OpenOffice.org: Next to Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office cost a bunch of money), it is THE most popular office suite in the world. Originally, it was a creation of Sun Microcomputers here in Silicone Valley (with engineers throughout the world). Now, OpenOffice.org is owned by Oracle who bought out Sun.
    1. Please go to this website and download OpenOffice: http://www.openoffice.org/
      Click on the button, “I want to download OpenOffice.org” and it will start the download to a file location of your choosing. After the download is finished, go to where the file was saved and double-click on the file name. Follow the instructions or email me and I'll walk you through it.
  2. LibreOffice is next. Some of the OpenOffice.org people have decided that their interest would be better served if they left Oracle and created another office suite of their own. It is called LibreOffice Version 3.3.0 and is sponsored by The Document Foundation. This product was created by The Document Foundation, based on OpenOffice.org, which is Copyright 2000, 2010 Oracle and/or its affiliates. The Document Foundation acknowledges all community members, please find more info at the link below: it supports all of the community member of the OpenOffice.org.
    1. Please go to http://www.documentfoundation.org/ and click on the button that says “Download LibreOffice.”
  3. Using either of these, OpenOffice or LibreOffice, is very simple/intuitive. If you need help, there is plenty of it on the websites. I will help you if the online or down-loadable documentation does not answer your questions.
  4. They are available in many languages. They are both world wide projects.

May God bless your homes and all things in them,
Holiness David