We’ve all been there before: you’ve got an electronic document you need read, but don’t have the software to open the file. Whatever do you do? Unless you stoop to pirating software, for the longest time, the only solution was to buy the expensive software needed to view it. If you have ever purchased the latest version of Microsoft Office, you know how expensive this can be.
Thankfully, there is now a free solution, which should take care of the problem for you. It’s a piece of software called Open Office and it is a godsend. It can handle anything from standard text documents to spreadsheets to images. The best thing is that it supports most popular file formats and versions of popular programs such as MS Word and MS Excel. Even if you have the software to read and edit these files, you could run into trouble if your software is newer or older than the software the file was created on. I have Microsoft Office 2003 and I know I have had problems with documents created from newer versions of the software.
There are versions of the software available for all major platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc) so it should work for anybody. And did I mention it is free. Whether you need to supply an office of 100 with productivity software of just need a viable word processor backup for yourself, its worth a download. It’s help me in the real estate business and I am sure it will help you to. For more info on the software or to download it, check out the Open Office website.