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AOL Tech 3.0 beta now available 3.0 beta 3.0 is due out in September. But if you just can't wait that long, today the developers released a beta of the open source office suite. Back in March we took a look at a pre-beta version of, but the latest build is a bit more stable. And while we wouldn't recommend replacing the software you use to balance your companies books with a public beta, you can just check it out if you're an office suite geek looking for a rush. We won't judge.

So what's new under the hood? Here are some of the highlights:

  • 3.0 is the first version to run on Mac OS X (there are also Linux and Windows versions)
  • Start Center gives you a one stop shop for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, databases, or templates
  • Support for collaborative spreadsheet editing
  • Improved Writer notes features
  • View multiple Writer pages while editing a document
  • Improved crop features in Draw and Impress
  • Support for ODF and MS Office 2007 formats

Keep in mind, this is beta software. So while it will probably work properly 99% of the time, don't blame us if it crashes your system or goes crazy and starts messing up the formatting of that manuscript you've been working on for the last 10 years. In other words, remember to backup your documents, and think twice about using 3.0 beta to create or edit really important files.

[via Slashdot]

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