ahziem writes "With the final release two months away and an alpha version available, it's time to look at OpenOffice.org 3.1's new features: eye candy, better charts, replying to notes in the margin, overlining, macros in Base, RTL improvements for Arabic and Hebrew, and (believe it or not) better sorting. Download and report any bugs you find." Link to Original Source top
ahziem writes "Some complain OpenOffice.org is slow and bloated. With each release there may be dozens of individual performance improvements, but there are also new features, some of which may slow things down. This the natural balance in software development, but in the end, what is the net effect on performance from one version to the next? Is it realistic to expect new features and faster performance? This OpenOffice.org benchmark measures the speed of versions 1.1.5 through 3.0." Link to Original Source top
ahziem writes "Read the preview of Thunderbird 2, due as a release candidate any day now. This release adds message tags, better new mail notifications, a new visual theme, and more. This preview also includes a review of some classic Thunderbird features such as Quick Search, the news feed reader, and junk filtering."