Press release 2.1
OpenOffice.org announces version 2.1
For release 12:00 UTC, 12 December 2006
The OpenOffice.org Community are proud to announce the release of OpenOffice.org 2.1, the latest version of the leading open-source office suite.
There are a number of important new features for users in this release. The presentations application, Impress, now supports multiple monitors, with the presenter choosing where to display the presentation. The Calc spreadsheet has an improved HMTL export capability, using styles to better recreate in a browser the appearance of the original spreadsheet. The database application Base has a number of enhancements, including improved support for Microsoft's Access product. The popular Quickstarter is now available for GNU/Linux users as a GTK application. OpenOffice.org's impressive language support is enhanced with five more localisations.
However, OpenOffice.org is not simply a great office suite for end users. OpenOffice.org software technology is also available for developers, systems integrators, etc to use in their own applications. OpenOffice.org 2.1 extends support for version control to extensions, simplifying the management of packages for developers of extensions.
Version 2.1 is the third release of OpenOffice.org in 2006, and reflects the Community's commitment to making new features available to users every few months. To help make this as smooth as possible, OpenOffice.org 2.1 also includes an improved on-line notifier, which checks regularly and informs users if a new version is available (users may choose to disable this option at any time).
OpenOffice.org 2.1 is now available for download. If the download servers are busy, there is an alternative legal peer-to-peer (P2P) system. Alternatively, OpenOffice.org Community Distributors supply the software on CD-ROM in many countries. OpenOffice.org's Native Language project can advise on the availability of translations.
The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the leading open-source office productivity suite, OpenOffice.org®. OpenOffice.org's leading edge software technology (UNO) is also available for developers, systems integrators, etc to use in OpenOffice.org extensions or in their own applications.
OpenOffice.org supports the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as legacy industry file formats and is available on major computing platforms in over 70 languages. OpenOffice.org software is provided under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.
The OpenOffice.org Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor and primary contributor.
OpenOffice.org 2.1 may be downloaded free of charge from http://download.openoffice.org
The OpenOffice.org Community can be found at http://www.openoffice.org
To learn more about the Community see http://about.openoffice.org
The Native Language Project is at http://projects.openoffice.org/native-lang.html
Further information about OpenOffice.org products:
- the OpenOffice.org office suite for users: http://www.openoffice.org/product
- OpenOffice.org Universal Network Objects (UNO) for developers: http://udk.openoffice.org
- OpenOffice.org Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers: http://api.openoffice.org
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OpenOffice.org Community Manager
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OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead
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OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Co-Lead
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