It was in fall of 1999 that Sun MicroSystem bought StarDivision, a German company who produced the StarOffice office suite.
The objective was to successfully create an alternative product to the then prevailing Microsoft Office.
In 2000, Sun released the sources of StarOffice with Open Source licensing and the OpenOffice.org project saw the light of day the following year.
Open Office is an office software suite fully compatible with the one from Microsoft.
It contains a program for writing texts (like Word), for spreadsheets (Excel), for presentations (PowerPoint), for databases (Access) and even more a designer of mathematical formulas and a program to draw.
In 2011 OpenOffice.org was taken from Apache Foundation thus acquiring the name of Apache OpenOffice, which is used as the official name from version 3.4 onwards. Now at version 4.0.1 Apache OpenOffice is now recognized as a highly professional so much to be able to really offer a valid alternative to the Microsoft suite, proof is the fact that many governments, public administrations and ministries of education use for their needs services ApacheOpenOffice.