Only a month after Sun Microsystems and Google teamed up to promote Sun's Open Office application, the company has announced that OpenOffice.org has made it to version 2.0.
"OpenOffice.org is on a path toward being the most popular office suite the world has ever seen; providing users with safety, choice, and an opportunity to participate in one of the broadest community efforts the Internet has ever seen. As a member of that community, I'd like to offer my heartiest congratulations", Jonathan Schwartz, President and CEO of Sun Microsystems.
The open-source suite now features a new-look user interface, that includes the introduction of multi-pane views, floating toolbars and native desktop integration in all modules.
It also features the Open Document file format based on the open-standard OASIS format for office applications and is the first open source office suite to offer full support for the OpenDocument format, an XML file format specification suitable for office applications including text, spreadsheets, charts, and graphical documents.
Openoffice.org 2.0 has also increased support for PDF. The tool which has been in previous versions now gives greater control over the quality and size of PDFs generated as well as providing support for links, indexes, forms, thumbnails and presentation transition effects.
OpenOffice.org 2.0 now features a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a drawing package (Draw), presentation graphics (Impress) and the new database module (Base) as well as Math and Gallery.