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The Apache OpenOffice Project Announces Apache OpenOffice™ 3.4

Numerous enhancements to leading Open Source multi-platform, multi-lingual office productivity suite with over 100M users worldwide; downloads now available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh free of charge.

www.OpenOffice.org —8 May 2012— The Apache OpenOffice Project today announced the availability of Apache OpenOffice™ 3.4, the first release of OpenOffice under the governance of the Apache Software Foundation.

Apache OpenOffice is the original open source office productivity suite, designed for professional and consumer use.

"With the donation of OpenOffice.org to the ASF, the Foundation, and especially the podling project, was given a daunting task: re-energize a community and transform OpenOffice from a codebase of unknown Intellectual Property heritage, to a vetted and Apache Licensed software suite," said Jim Jagielski, ASF President and an Apache OpenOffice project mentor. "The release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 shows just how successful the project has been: pulling in developers from over 21 corporate affiliations, while avoiding undue influence which is the death-knell of true open source communities; building a solid and stable codebase, with significant improvement and enhancements over other variants; and, of course, creating a healthy, vibrant and diverse user and developer community."

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open source office productivity suite, with more than 100 million users worldwide in home, corporate, government, research, and academic environments, across 15 languages. Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is available for download free of charge. OpenOffice 3.4 features:

The complete list of new features, functions, and improvements is available in the Release Notes.

Apache OpenOffice users also benefit from a broad ecosystem of 3rd party products, including over 2300 templates and over 800 extensions.

Community-Driven Development, The Apache Way

The OpenOffice code base was created by Star Division in the 1990's, acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999 and later Oracle Corporation in 2010, before being submitted to The Apache Software Foundation mid-2011.

Today the project is being developed by an all-volunteer group of developers, testers, translators, and other contributors under the ASF's meritocratic process informally dubbed "The Apache Way", and is supported by hundreds of Open Source software volunteers from around the world.

"Initially released a decade ago, the first release of OpenOffice 3.4 as an Apache project marks an important new chapter in the life of a landmark project," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. "Following months of effort, the open source productivity suite is now licensed and built with the intent of courting a large population of users, developers and ISVs worldwide."

As a project in the Apache Incubator, Apache OpenOffice is overseen by a Podling Project Management Committee (PPMC) that guides its day-to-day operations, community development, and product releases. Apache OpenOffice source code, downloads, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://openoffice.apache.org/

For the first official Apache release of OpenOffice, the developer team successfully conformed to the policy defined by the Incubator Project Management Committee by identifying, removing and replacing with comparable function those libraries with licenses incompatible with Apache Software Foundation license policy.

Future Developments

Plans for future enhancements by the Project include support for additional native languages, enhanced accessibility, usability and performance improvements, and adopting new features and improvements from the upcoming IBM Lotus Symphony contribution.

The Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee invites people to join. There are many different area where contribution is most welcome. Check out the Get Involved page.

"Apache OpenOffice is the leading Open Source office productivity suite with more than 15 years of engineering investment. We are pleased and excited to offer OpenOffice fully licensed under the Apache License 2. This offering will form the foundation of OpenOffice innovation moving forward here at Apache," said Juergen Schmidt, Apache OpenOffice Release Manager and veteran core developer. "With the achievement of this major milestone, we have established a diverse and vibrant community with sufficient depth and skills to ably steward this important product into the future. We look forward to graduating as an Apache Top Level Project soon."

For more information

More information on the Apache OpenOffice product can be found at our website, www.openoffice.org. Information on the Apache OpenOffice project, including information on volunteering with the project can be found at our project website.

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Testimonials

Community

"OpenOffice.org was a revolution in its time as an office tool and its role launching the Open Document Format (ODF) standard. We are excited to see OpenOffice succeed at Apache which is recognized for its strong reputation to grow excellent projects. This milestone is evidence that the 'Apache Way', which respects the meritocracy of people contributing their time and talent to benefit their projects, is the key ingredient that makes Apache OpenOffice ideal for everyone."
— Claudio Filho, member of the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee and the Brazilian OpenOffice community

"Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is a worthy progression of OpenOffice.org. Many improvements have been completed, which originally began for OpenOffice.org, but we have also added a lot of new features, all with usual high quality our users have come to expect. Use Apache OpenOffice 3.4 for your personal, business, or education requirements, and reward the work of the many volunteers who have made this possible. The Germanophone contributors will continue to support you and listen to your questions, requests and suggestions. Together we will continue to shape the future of OpenOffice at Apache."
— Regina Henschel, member of the Project Management Committee and the OpenOffice Germanophone community.

"OpenOffice and its large, diverse community now have a new home at Apache. More than 40 volunteers from the Italian community helped with translations and quality assurance, to make sure that Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is on par with what users have come to expect from the OpenOffice brand. The new license allows for contributions to OpenOffice to be freely re-used in other projects, and I am looking forward to cross-project collaboration in the best interest of users."
— Andrea Pescetti, member of the Project Management Committee and the Italian OpenOffice community

"Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is a major milestone for our OpenOffice community in Taiwan, because it is the first release our Taiwan local community truly participates, both in its translation and its development. I sincerely invite you to download and try our work. It shall bring you the best experience ever."
— Yang Shih-Ching, member of the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee, and the OpenOffice Taiwan community

Corporate

"These are exciting times! SourceForge has been a trusted partner to the open source community for over a decade, and we are proud to be working with the Apache Software Foundation. Release 3.4 of Apache OpenOffice achieves a significant milestone for the product and community. Our teams are happy to be contributing and look forward to continued progress. Congratulations!”
— Jeff Drobick, CEO Geeknet Media 

"IBM is pleased to contribute to the Apache OpenOffice project licensed under the Apache License v2.  This project represents a unique opportunity to innovate and create office productivity documents that meet the needs of social businesses.  We look forward to completing the source code contribution of Symphony to Apache OpenOffice in the near future." 
— Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President, IBM Collaboration Solutions

"PSC Group, LLC included Lotus Symphony and OpenOffice in our customer’s solutions for many years. With the move to the Apache Software Foundation, PSC has signed up with a Corporate Contributor License Agreement and many of our consultants have decided to become Individual Contributors. We look forward to contributing to the next major version proposed as Apache OpenOffice 4."
— John Head, Director, Enterprise Collaboration, PSC Group, LLC

"We are working on the Apache OpenOffice project because our goal is to consistently bring business value to users. The project will ultimately drive increased productivity as we work towards extending report generation and document collaboration from within SugarCRM. When users are more productive, they can focus on the most important task at hand which is to deliver a stellar customer experience."
— Clint Oram, chief technology officer and co-founder of SugarCRM

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