The OpenOffice open source applications suite has passed the 100 million download mark, according to the Apache Software Foundation that oversees the project.
Apache OpenOffice has been developed from the OpenOffice.org suite, which was itself an open source version of the StarOffice software that was sold as a commercial application suite by Sun Microsystems and then Oracle.
The suite was formally passed to the Apache Foundation by Oracle in 2011, and graduated to become an Apache Top-Level Project in October 2012. The 100 million figure accounts for downloads since this time.
Andrea Pescetti, vice president of Apache OpenOffice, said he was extremely pleased to reach this major milestone in less than two years.
"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. We remain committed to offering the successful combination of reliability and innovation that so many users appreciate," he added.
Like other suites, OpenOffice includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentations tool, but also a database manager, vector graphics editor and mathematical formula editor. The suite is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux systems in 32 languages, and is free of charge to all users as an open source suite, plus the source code is readily available for anyone to examine or develop against.
The most current version of OpenOffice – 4.0.1 – was released last October and includes Windows 8 compatibility enhancements and a Sidebar added to the user interface. A beta for the upcoming 4.1 release was announced on 10 March.
Demand for Apache OpenOffice 4.0 averages one million downloads per week, according to Apache, and a factor in its success is the large number of extensions and templates available, hosted on the SourceForge site.
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