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The third major release of the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite made its appearance on Monday — meeting with such apparent demand that the OpenOffice.org servers promptly crashed. At the time of writing on the following day, the organisation still has only a cut-down homepage, listing mirror sites from which the suite can be downloaded.
One major reason for the significance of OpenOffice 3 is the fact that it can run natively on the Mac — previously, it needed to be run within a windowed X11 session. But the suite has had many other enhancements, one of which is the welcome screen shown in this screenshot.
OpenOffice 3 is the first version of the suite with some compatibility with the Office Open XML (OOXML) document format that is created in the latest version of Microsoft Office, a paid-for alternative to OpenOffice. These documents are identifiable by their extension having an added 'x', as with the .docx format shown above.
While OpenOffice 3 can read OOXML documents, however, it cannot create or save to them.