My past experience taught me when something new and fancy is released, do not jump on and use immediately. Normally new software would need some time to iron out some bugs here and there. When Open Office was launch, it would not be advisable to use unless you are some techie.
The time is ripe now to use OpenOffice as alternative to other popular office ware for the PCs. The easiest way is to download a copy of OpenOffice download center. The reasons to use and support the openOffice are simply because it is free and it features rich.
One of the most enticing feature is the ability of openOffice to export documents to PDF on the spot. User friendliness is great as anyone know how to use those common standard office software would know how to openOffice – need no training unless you're a total new beginner to word editor.
Below is a screen capture of openOffice. The PDF short-cut icon is located just on the left of the printer icon.
Other commonly used features like paragraph formatting , spelling checker, fonts setting, word count and others are readily build in.
On October 28, 2009 mark the greatest milestone for openOffice as the 100 millionth person click on the download openOffice button.
I like openOffice because its free. :)