Reader Chris Adams
lets us know that:
"Exactly one week from its 5th birthday, OpenOffice.org has released version 2.0 of its amazing, free, and open-source office suite.
This suite features the ability to save to OpenDocument Format, the increasingly popular, XML based, non-proprietary file format created by OASIS. This format has recently been adopted by the State of Massachusetts as its default file format for all Governemnt-created documents.
With new features, such as new custom shapes for drawings, more transitions and animations for presentations, mail merge capabilities, and the crucial ability to export to PDF without any additional software, this has already earned its spot as my default office suite at home and at work!
For more information on the new features and to download the software, check out OpenOffice.org."
I've used OpenOffice for a long time now, and it really is a cracking bit of software. I can't wait to get my hands on 2.0 and give it a go, because it looks like being a no-brainer for Windows users. Integrated PDF export is a killer in my opinion (although Macs can do it from any application courtesy of the OS - yah, boo, sucks etc.).
Will you be dropping Office any time soon? Go grab the new software suite and give us your feedback in the News Forum.