Sun Microsystems, Red Hat, Novell, Intel, Propylon and independent developers have announced the release of OpenOffice 2.0. Google is going to hire programmers to help improve the free software.


Programmers have announced the release of OpenOffice 2.0. Sun Microsystems is the primary sponsor of the project. It has worked with Red Hat, Novell, Intel, Propylon and independent developers, translators, writers, and marketers to get the free software ready.

Google is planning to help OpenOffice by getting programmers to work on areas like reducing the memory requirements of the software and reducing the 80MB download size of the software.

The website has announced it as: “free office suite: OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. To help build the community, join us”. [source]

Chris DiBona, manager for open-source programs at Google, said, “We want to hire a couple of folks to help make OpenOffice better”. [source]

Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, said, “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”. [source]

The OpenOffice 2.0. has a word processor, a database module to complement the word processor, a spreadsheet manager, a presentation manager, and a drawing tool.

To know more about OpenOffice 2.0. from the OpenOffice Press Kit click here.

If you would like to contribute to OpenOffice click here.

To download the free OpenOffice click here.