martin-k writes: The office suite SoftMaker Office for Windows and Linux is now available as a free download... with a twist: For every successful download, the developer donates ten Euro cents to charity and development projects on the open charity platform betterplace.org. Nearly two weeks into this campaign, the site has logged more than 57,000 downloads. But hurry, the campaign ends on December 31.
martin-k writes: "Looking for alternatives to OpenOffice.org or KOffice or Gnome Office? German software vendor SoftMaker today released the public beta of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Linux, a commercial office suite that is also available for Windows and for Pocket PCs. The manufacturer pushes it for its high degree of compatibility with the Microsoft Office file formats, its speed, and its reliability. So, are you willing to venture into proprietary territory?"
martin-k writes: "Commercial office suite software is coming to FreeBSD... and Linux, Windows, Sharp Zaurus and Windows Mobile! SoftMaker, a German developer, today released SoftMaker Office, a multi-platform office suite that excels in Microsoft Office compatibility, is much leaner and faster than OpenOffice.org and works on many operating systems, down to PDAs."
martin-k writes: "Like it or not, Microsoft Office is still the dominant office suite — of course, it's available only for Windows. FreeBSD and Linux users need to look elsewhere. A promising alternative could be SoftMaker Office 2006, a new office suite that is in beta right. SoftMaker, the suite's maker promises better filters for Word and Excel, but TextMaker also offers OpenDocument (ODF) import."