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OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC4: OOo 3.0 inches closer to a final release

OpenOffice.org 3.0
There's good news and no news from the OpenOffice.org camp. First the good news, OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC4 is out, which no doubt features some new bug fixes and tweaks and not a whole lot of new features that were absent from RC3. I can't be more specific than that, because while the developers have done a bang up job of creating an open source office suite, they really need to do a better job of documenting the updates in each release.

The release notes page for OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC4 looks an awful lot like the release notes page for RC3. And both are virtually unreadable, because there's no section that highlights the major differences. Rather, each includes roughly a zillion little feature updates and bug fixes that set OpenOffice.org 3.0 apart from OpenOffice.org 2.4.1, the most recent stable build.

With that in mind, there are a few important differences between OpenOffice.org 3.0 and OpenOffice.org 2.4.1, including:
  • OOo 3.0 includes native support for OS X
  • Support for Office 2007 documents
  • New multi-page view in Writer
  • Multiple users can edit spreadsheets simultaneously
  • Ability to add MS Access databases to Writer
OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC4 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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