OpenOffice Released 3.0 Beta

Open Office rolled out 3.0 beta version. This version of the popular software suite will support the forthcoming OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard as well as being able to open files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Office 2008 for Mac including .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx alongside the traditional Office binary file formats such as .doc, .xls and .ppt. It is also the first version of OpenOffice that will run on Mac OS X without X11. You can download the free software from here.

New Core Features:

* 1.1 Mac OS X Support
* 1.2 ODF 1.2 support
* 1.3 Microsoft Office 2007 Import Filters
* 1.4 Solver
* 1.5 Chart Enhancements
* 1.6 Improved Crop Feature in Draw and Impress
* 1.7 Spreadsheet Collaboration Through Workbook Sharing
* 1.8 1024 Columns Per Calc Sheet (Instead of 256)
* 1.9 Display of Multiple Writer Pages While Editing
* 1.10 Improved Notes Feature in Writer
* 1.11 New, Fresh-Looking Icons
* 1.12 Start Center

PCs and Macs will now be able to run OpenOffice 3.0 (beta) on their machines, as Sun Microsystems yesterday released the public beta of the same, compatible with the two operating systems. With this new version, developers are aiming to offer users significant improvements in the much-loved open-source office application suite.

Source: PC World

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