OpenOffice Definition & Meaning

OpenOffice is an open source software for word processing, spreadsheets, and other office-suite applications. The software mainly utilizes the C++ and Java languages and is free for all users. Apache currently manages OpenOffice, making it available and visible for users and developers.

OpenOffice history

OpenOffice was initiated as StarOffice and grew under Sun Microsystems, the company that acquired it in 1999. It transitioned to OpenOffice and grew significantly in the 2000s. In 2011, Oracle (which owned Sun Microsystems) gave OpenOffice to Apache, no longer wanting to maintain it as a corporate platform. There are a couple of other similar projects that followed OpenOffice, but Apache is considered the official successor. Although OpenOffice.org, the original website, is listed as discontinued, Apache currently uses the same domain name.

Apache made the platform open-source, expanding it to anyone who wanted to be involved in the software community or development; the company markets it as honest because anyone can report or view issues and participate in improving the software. It’s completely free and available to users under the Apache License 2.0 as well.

OpenOffice features

Users can share and distribute OpenOffice software to anyone else they know, unlike other software that require one login or user. The software only requires one download; though it includes six different functions, they all integrate well with each other.

OpenOffice receives migrated content from other office productivity suites well, enabling it to transition different documents into the application. It’s available in multiple languages, and it runs on many major operating systems.

OpenOffice applications

OpenOffice offers six applications for users:

  • Writer, a word processor for document creation
  • Impress, an application for designing visual presentations
  • Calc, a spreadsheet application
  • Draw, a platform for designing a variety of images
  • Math, an application for mathematical functions and equations
  • Base, a database management and design platform

 

Related Links

Jenna Phipps
Jenna Phipps
Jenna Phipps is a contributor for websites such as Webopedia.com and Enterprise Storage Forum. She writes about information technology security, networking, and data storage. Jenna lives in Nashville, TN.

Top Articles

Huge List Of Texting and Online Chat Abbreviations

From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Includes Top...

How To Create A Desktop Shortcut To A Website

This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Creating a desktop...

The History Of Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems. We look at the history of Microsoft's Windows operating systems (Windows OS) from 1985 to present...

Hotmail [Outlook] Email Accounts

  By Vangie Beal Hotmail is one of the first public webmail services that can be accessed from any web browser. Prior to Hotmail and its...

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Definition...

Cybersecurity awareness training informs employees of the attack surfaces and vectors in their...

Supply Chain Definition &...

A supply chain is a network between an organization and its suppliers to...

Relational Database Definition &...

A relational database stores and connects data in tables and columns, emphasizing the...