OpenOffice.org Extends Free Support for its Free Office Software

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The OpenOffice.org Community Users' Forum has today added Japanese to its list of supported languages. The Forum is a free web-based resource for users of the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, the leading free software alternative to Microsoft Office.

I am very pleased with this announcement. I encourage all Japaness speaking Community members to become involved with the Forum so it becomes an essential resource for our Native Language Community

The OpenOffice.org® Community is pleased to announce the addition of Japanese language support to its Users' Community Forum. This web-based Community Forum brings experts and users together to provide support to users of OpenOffice.org, the free alternative to Microsoft Office. The Forum is free to users and is free of advertisements.

Since its launch six months ago, the Forum has greatly exceeded expectations, attracting a registered membership of nearly 13,000, Together, these members have generated a growing knowledge base of 90,000 postings. These include both answers to specific user questions, and user generated tutorials. Originally launched in English, the Forum added support for Hungarian in February, French in March, and now Japanese in June. Further languages are expected during the rest of 2008.

Drew Jensen, one of the Forum administrators, explained the appeal of the Forum:

"The reality is that most day to day IT support is provided by friends or colleagues. If you've a problem with a spreadsheet, you talk to Amrita in Accounts who's the in-house expert. The OpenOffice.org Users' Community Forum covers the globe, and brings together experts and novices to provide a level of quality support that money literally can't buy. People appreciate that the Community has given them this world class software for free. Helping others via the Forum is one way to give something back."

Nakata, Maho, the Japanese Native-Language Project Lead, welcomed the news:

"I am very pleased with this announcement. I encourage all Japaness speaking Community members to become involved with the Forum so it becomes an essential resource for our Native Language Community".

All OpenOffice.org users are invited take advantage of what the Forum has to offer:

  • search the knowledge base
  • browse the forum categories which are conveniently arranged by application and task
  • ask questions, or help by answering questions posted by other users.

The OpenOffice.org Office Productivity Suite:
OpenOffice.org version 2.4 is the leading open-source office productivity suite, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentations package, graphics, and database. Available on all major computing platforms and supported in over seventy languages, it is a complete free software alternative to commercial packages like Microsoft Office.

The OpenOffice.org Community:
The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, translate, support, and promote OpenOffice.org. The OpenOffice.org Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor and primary contributor.

Links:
The OpenOffice.org Users' Community Forum http://user.services.openoffice.org
The Japanese Native-Language Community http://ja.openoffice.org
Press Kit http://marketing.openoffice.org/press_kit.html
Download the latest version of OpenOffice.org free of charge http://download.openoffice.org

For more information:
Drew Jensen (UTC -05h00)
OpenOffice.org Users Community Forum
atjensen @ openoffice.org
+1 301 338 2715

John McCreesh (UTC +01h00)
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead
jpmcc @ openoffice.org
+44 (0)7 810 278 540

Florian Effenberger (UTC +02h00)
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Co-Lead
floeff @ openoffice.org +49 8341 9966 0880

International Contacts http://marketing.openoffice.org/contacts.html

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