The public beta release of OpenOffice 3.0 is now available. The most visible
change is the inclusion of a new "Start Centre", features new fresh-looking
icons, and boasts a new zoom control in the status bar. Notable Calc
improvements include a new solver component; support for spreadsheet
collaboration through workbook sharing; and an increase to 1024 columns per
sheet. Writer has an improved notes feature and displays of multiple pages while
editing. There are numerous Chart enhancements, and an improved crop feature in
Draw and Impress.
OPen Office will support the upcoming OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard,
and is capable of opening files created with MS-Office 2007 or MS-Office 2008
for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.). This is in addition to read and write
support for the MS-Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.).