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Apache OpenOffice Hits 100 Million Downloads

Posted on 4.20.2014

Microsoft has been on the move over the last few months, releasing its Microsoft Office Mobile app on iOS, which lets users access, view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from their Apple devices (both smartphones and tablets).

But is that enough to hold off the formidable challengers in the existing office and business productivity software space?

Last week the Apache Software foundation announced that it's Apache OpenOffice suite has been downloaded more than 100 million times.

The free and open-source document, spreadsheet, presentation, database creation and vector graphics tools is appealing not just as an alternative, but also as a robust solution on its own, with 750 extensions and nearly 3,000 templates available.

Apache OpenOffice emerged from OpenOffice.org, which Oracle donated to the Apache Incubator in 2011.

"I'm extremely pleased to see us reach this major milestone in less than two years," Andrea Pescetti, vice president of Apache OpenOffice, said in a blog post announcing the milestone. "This is a testament to our community volunteers: the hundreds of talented individuals who make Apache OpenOffice what it is, who write the code, test for bugs, translate the user interface, write documentation, answer user questions, and manage our servers."

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