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Wednesday October 12, 2016

The Apache OpenOffice Project Announces Apache® OpenOffice™ v4.1.3

[translations available at https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.3+Announcement ]

Leading Open Source office application and personal productivity suite for Windows, Linux, and Mac now more secure and available in 41 languages


Forest Hill, MD —12 October 2016— Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache® OpenOffice™ v4.1.3, now available in 41 languages on Windows, Linux, and OS X.


Boasting more than 200 million downloads, OpenOffice includes a word processor ("Writer"), a spreadsheet ("Calc"), a presentation editor ("Impress"), a vector graphics editor ("Draw"), a mathematical formula editor ("Math"), and a database management program ("Base").


"As an Open Source project led by an all-volunteer community, occasional lulls in momentum are not uncommon," said Marcus Lange, Vice President of Apache OpenOffice. "Such was the case with OpenOffice until recently. We wanted to change this, starting with a new bugfix release."


Under The Hood

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 features include:


  • Key security vulnerability fixes;

  • Support for new language dictionaries;

  • Numerous bug fixes, including installer and database support on Mac OS X; and

  • Enhancements to the build tools (for developers)


"This release symbolizes a resurgence in the project," said Patricia Shanahan, Release Manager for Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3. "We are proud to continue development of one of the most visible and widely used Apache projects."


The complete list of features and enhancements are available in the release notes at https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.3+Release+Notes


Apache OpenOffice is used by millions of organizations, institutions, and individuals around the world. In addition, OpenOffice plays an integral role in many governments, in response to their mandates to use files in the ISO/IEC standard Open Document Format (ODF).


OpenOffice supports localized versions in more than 120 languages; those that are 100% translated and maintained are officially released.


As with all Apache projects, Apache OpenOffice is available to all users free of charge, and, as Open Source software, its C++ source code is readily available for anyone who wishes to enhance the applications.


"This is not all, as more can be expected from the project," added Lange. "We invite those wishing to help support us to strive forward with development or in the many other areas to participate."


Availability and Oversight

Apache OpenOffice software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For downloads, documentation, and more information on Apache OpenOffice, visit http://openoffice.apache.org/


Get Involved!

Apache OpenOffice welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Those wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html


About Apache OpenOffice

Originally created as "StarOffice" by StarDivision and after further development as an Open Source product under the name "OpenOffice.org" at Sun Microsystems. The project continued development after Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. OpenOffice entered the Apache Incubator in 2011 and graduated as an Apache Top-level Project in October 2012. 8 releases have been made under the auspices of the ASF, with more than 200 million downloads recorded to date. Visit http://openoffice.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheOO for more information.


About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)

Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 550 individual Members and 5,300 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF


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